The number one cause of weather-related deaths: Heat

Jul 10, 2023, 10:00 AM | Updated: 10:01 am

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A security guard wearing an electric fan on his neck wipes his sweat on a hot day in Beijing, Monday, July 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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SALT LAKE— The number one weather-related killer is something Utahans have gotten used to over the years — high temperatures.

Although we’ve had cooler days this spring and summer, other parts of the nation are struggling with excessive heat.

The CDC reports that an average of 702 heat-related deaths occur each year in the United States, with nearly 70-thousand emergency department visits.

Looking back to look forward

“The last two years we had a big huge ridge of high pressure that built in over Arizona and Utah, and stayed there for the entirety of the summer,” says KSL’s chief meteorologist Kevin Eubank.

That high pressure brought 34 days over 100 degrees, compared to the two days we’ve had so far in Salt Lake this year.

Doctors warn that danger begins once temperatures hit 90 degrees.

Anyone can suffer from heat-related diseases. However, more vulnerable groups include those who are pregnant, have heart or lung conditions, young children, athletes, and outdoor workers.

A man rides a bike on a small road on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises on Friday, July 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

What to do in case of excessive heat

Doctors encourage everyone to be aware of temperatures, pack extra water, and have a cool place to rest if having fun outdoors.

Children, adults, and pets should never be left locked in a car, even in the winter.

The National Weather Service has a education page on heat-related illnesses and how to prepare for heat waves.

This week temperatures won’t get above 100 degrees in Salt Lake County, but will remain in the mid to high 90s.

Eubank says the high ridge that settled over our state last year has now settled over Texas so we can enjoy these cooler-than-usual temperatures.

“Let’s just sit back and enjoy the summer!”

To see the local forecast, visit

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The number one cause of weather-related deaths: Heat