The start of a major heat wave hits Utah Thursday

Jun 6, 2024, 8:27 AM | Updated: 10:31 am

A person experiencing homelessness rests under a tree during a 2023 heat wave....

FILE- A person experiencing homelessness who asked not to be named lies under a tree to try and escape the sun on State Street in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 21, 2023. (Megan Nielsen/Deseret News)

(Megan Nielsen/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY— Utahns, brace yourselves. It’s going to be really hot as a major heat wave arrives on Thursday and will hang on for a few days.

KSL Meteorologists are forecasting the following highs for Thursday:

  • Salt Lake City: 95 degrees (15 degrees above normal).
  • Ogden: 96 degrees (14 degrees above normal).
  • Provo: 93 degrees (9 degrees above normal).
  • Tooele: 90 degrees (12 degrees above normal).
  • St. George: 108 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Lower Washington County until Saturday at midnight.

KSL Meteorologist Matt Johnson said the earliest 95-degree day ever recorded in Salt Lake City was May 28, 2003. However, this heat wave is still very early. Johnson said the typical first day Salt Lake will log that temperature, isn’t until June 25.

Highs around Salt Lake City are expected to stay in the low to mid-90s through Sunday. Temperatures take a slight dip to the upper-80s on Monday.

Utahns are urged to stay hydrated and limit strenuous activity during peak heat hours.

Johnson said if you want to exercise outside, try to do that in the early morning and evening hours when temperatures are cooler.

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The start of a major heat wave hits Utah Thursday