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St. George – The St. George’s area is expected to be overheated by the middle of this week, creating a barrier to outdoor activities and recreation.
The National Weather Service issued an overheating warning until midnight on Wednesday. The affected areas include Lower Washington County, including Zion National Park, St. George’s, Hurricane, Events, and Springdale. NWS reports extreme temperatures between 105 and 107.
Precautions and readiness
According to the National Weather Service, heat is the number one killer of climate change in the United States.
If you work or spend time outdoors, take extra precautions. When possible, plan strenuous activities in the morning or evening. Whenever possible, wear light weight and non-abrasive clothing and drink plenty of water. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stress.
To reduce the risk of working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends frequent vacation plans in disaster-prone or air-conditioned areas. Anyone who has lost the heat should be taken to a cool, shady place. Temperature is an emergency – call 911.
Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true in hot or humid weather, where the interior of a car can reach deadly temperatures in minutes.
Excessive heat causes air conditioners to overheat. As a result, the St. George’s City Energy Services Department has provided tips on how to practice energy efficiency to save on those cooling costs.
- Set the thermostat to 78 degrees and use fans to provide air conditioning, making the room cooler and more comfortable.
- Avoid using the oven for cooking. Using a microwave or baking outdoors will save you extra heat in your home.
- To reduce the heat from the sun, close the shutters, especially on south and west windows.
For current conditions, warnings and advice, go to National Weather Service: Salt Lake City Office Website. More information about driving conditions b UDOT website, As well as the UDOT Travel link For current road and weather conditions, call 511.
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