Excessive heat warning issued for parts of southern Utah
Jul 20, 2022, 7:36 AM | Updated: 7:42 am
SALT LAKE CITY — An excessive heat warning has been issued for parts of southern Utah, with temperatures approaching 109 degrees near Lake Powell and St. George.
The National Weather Service said the warning goes into effect at noon Thursday and lasts through 9 p.m. Friday.
“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” NWS officials said.
Meteorologists added the area will see limited overnight cooling, with Friday morning lows as warm as the lower 80s in St. George and Lake Powell.
The warning covers lower Washington County, south-central Utah and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area/Lake Powell.
Arizona meteorologists on Monday issued an excessive heat warning for the Grand Canyon that was later expanded to include Page, Arizona, and the Glen Canyon/Lake Powell area.
Temperatures could range from 105 degrees near Page to 115 near Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon through Friday.
Wednesday’s high for Lake Powell near Page was forecasted to reach 106 degrees.
We have updated our Excessive Heat Warning to now include Glen Canyon in addition to the Grand Canyon for areas below 4500 feet. This warning has also been extended through Wednesday at 6:00 PM MST. Stay hydrated! #azwx pic.twitter.com/Sq8DiksnPq
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) July 16, 2022
Heat safety tips
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Stay in an air-conditioned room
- Stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors
- Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when
possible,” NWS officials said.
Protect yourself from heat related illnesses #IAFFSafetyTips pic.twitter.com/ILqmrcFtzv
— International Association of Fire Fighters (@IAFFNewsDesk) July 20, 2022
To reduce risk during outdoor work, OSHA recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.