Excessive Heat Warning issued for Southern Utah.
Strong high pressure will keep hot weather over Utah and southwest Wyoming over the next several days. The heat will become dangerously warm over St. George and surrounding area Thursday and Friday.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), an Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The hot temperatures will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
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. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.
Impact of excessive heat can include dehydration and heat cramps which may impact those who do not take precautions. Prolonged exposure to these hot temperatures can result in heat exhaustion. The agency warns to avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the heat of the day. Never leave children or pets in the car alone, for any amount of time!
Heat Safety Tips
*Drink plenty of water.
*Dress in loose fitting, lightweight and light colored clothing.
*Stay indoors as much as possible an limit sun during the warmest part of the day.
*NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
*Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
*Check in on family, friends and neighbors.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. It is important to take it seriously and keep an eye out for those especially not used to the excessive temperatures and/or are more vulnerable to the heat. And, please share the word of the excessive heat warning issued for southern Utah for others to be able to prepare.