Excessive heat watch issued for southern Utah
(KUTV) The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for areas in southern Utah.
The warning, issued Thursday, is for weather starting Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21. It cautions that that temperatures could exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit during those days. Temperatures could soar up to 115 degrees each afternoon.
The temperatures will challenge records for Utah across lower elevations in southern Utah including the St. George, Utah area, and in areas near Moab. These are listed as "very high risk" areas that could endanger the entire population because of the long duration of heat with little to no relief overnight.
The areas at risk include popular outdoors areas such as Zion National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Kanab, Glen Canyon Recreation Area and Hanksville.
Heat index values were rated from a 2, considered a moderate risk, to a 4, or a very high risk. Critical heat illnesses are possible.
Other areas under the watch are around Cedar City and Green River. High risk areas, especially for those who are sensitive to the heat and to those without effective cooling.
The NWS issued safety tips that include:
- Drink plenty of water
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, light colored clothing
- Stay indoors as much as possible, limit exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles
- Avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day
- Check on neighbors, family and friends
Heat safety tips and resources can be found at NWS.noaa.gov.