June heatwave brings record temps to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is on track to see the hottest days of the year this week as a record-setting heatwave makes its way into the state.
And on Monday, it was 103-degrees in Salt Lake City, marking the hottest day of the year thus far.
As of 4:44 PM Salt Lake City Airport has reached a new high temperature of 103°F today, and now makes today the hottest day of the year so far. #utwx
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) June 14, 2021
KSL Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke said part of the issue is that Utah is caught between two competing weather systems which is driving the heatwave.
“There’s a big area of low pressure in the northwest and a big high-pressure system to our south and we’re caught right in the middle with that high [pressure] nudging its way closer that’s cranking up the heat.”
Van Dyke added neither of these systems wants to move very much which is causing this hot weather to stick around for the next 10 days or so. She also said that because we’re right in the middle of those two circulating systems, the winds will be blowing as well, something that isn’t helpful for fire conditions.
— KSL NewsRadio (@kslnewsradio) June 14, 2021
Red flag and excessive heat warnings
The national weather service says much of Utah will remain in an Excessive Heat Warning that will begin at noon today and last until Friday night.
“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” they said.
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” they continued
“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 heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
“Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.”
In addition to the hot weather, gusty winds and low humidity means that there is also an increased chance for fires to start and spread rapidly.
Right now, the NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings for Utah’s West Desert.
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