SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a heat advisory that is in effect from noon Friday to 9 p.m. Monday. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected.
• Affected area: Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park including the St. George area, south central Utah and Glen Canyon Recreation Area / Lake Powell; and including the cities of St. George, Kanab, Escalante and Bullfrog.
• Temperatures: Expect temperatures as high as 115 degrees for the St. George area Friday, Saturday and Sunday with highs near 110 degrees Monday.
Outside of St. George expect temperatures between 105 degrees and 110 degrees Friday through Monday.
Overnight temperatures will remain above 80 degrees across the lower elevations of southern Utah during this period.
• Impacts: Children, the elderly and people with chronic illness are the most susceptible to heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion cramps or in extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions.
• Precautionary/preparedness actions:
Friends, relatives and neighbors should check on people who may be at risk.
Never leave children or pets in cars for any length of time, as dangerous temperatures will occur very quickly.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
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.