Record heat buckles roads in Salt Lake City
Jul 16, 2023, 8:17 PM | Updated: 8:17 pm
(Jeffrey Dahdah/KSL TV)
SALT LAKE CITY — A heat record was broken for July 16 as roads buckled because of the triple-digit heat.
The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City reported that temperatures reached 106 degrees breaking the previous daily record, which was 103 degrees. The all-time record for Salt Lake City is 107 degrees.
— Matthew Johnson (@KSL_Matt) July 16, 2023
Because of the heat, Utah’s Department of Transportation reported multiple roads that buckled across the state, including the intersection of Redwood Road and North Temple.
UDOT crews told KSL TV that the intersection will be closed for the rest of the day and reopen midday Monday.
However, roads weren’t the only resource possibly damaged by the heat wave, as Rocky Mountain Power reported over 1,500 customers without power in the Salt Lake Valley. Most outages are in Draper, with a restoration estimate of midnight.
The St. George Police Department confirmed power outages at 5:45 p.m. but did not say the cause or estimated restoration time.