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Utah’s high heat raises the UV index

Jul 18, 2023, 11:00 AM

A cyclist finishes his ride early to beat high temperatures, Monday, July 10, 2023, in Phoenix. National Weather Service says Phoenix has had 10 consecutive days of 110 degrees or above. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

SALT LAKE CITY–   A pattern of high temperatures, both day and night, is making Utah’s Heat Index rise.

“The Heat Index is, essentially, what your body feels.  Not only heat, but humidity, and your body’s ability to shed that internal heat,” said Michael Wessler, a Meteorologist at The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City.

Low humidity has been Utah’s saving grace, so our Heat Index isn’t near what other states are experiencing right now.  But the string of high temperatures is causing heat stress for many.

Wessler recommends checking the forecast before going outside for summer activities.  Additionally, don’t be out in the sun for long periods of time during the hottest part of the day.  Make sure to find access to shade, water, and air conditioning nearby.

Looking forward, Wessler predicts this trend will stick around for a while.

“We are looking at a potentially delayed onset of the Monsoon season— potentially early August.  So at least in the near future, we’re expecting drier than average and warmer than average conditions,” said Wessler.

Wessler also recommends staying aware of heat warnings.  He predicts there will be some issued for Southern Utah in the near future.

To check the latest heat warnings, go to the National Weather Service website .

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