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Extreme Weather Warning Issued Through Weekend
Posting Date: 08/07/2012

By Barbara Ellestad

A strong area of high pressure aloft is expected to become centered over Utah Wednesday through Friday. This will result in well above normal temperatures across the area from Wednesday through at least Friday and possibly into this weekend. While temperatures may not get as hot as they did during the heat wave of July 9th through July 11 of this year, the duration of days during this event reaching or exceeding excessive heat criteria will likely be longer.

The warning issued by the National Weather Service extends through the weekend.

MesquiteWeather.com is forecasting the high temperatures to reach around 110 degrees today, Tuesday, hit 112 Wednesday, climb up to 114 Thursday, and top out at 115 Friday through Sunday.

Lows at night are not expected

to drop below 85 degrees according to MesquiteWeather.com.

The combination of very hot afternoon temperatures and very warm overnight lows will result in very oppressive conditions. Temperatures this hot will make working outdoors considerably more difficult. Heat stroke will be more likely for those engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. The extremely warm overnight temperatures will make it difficult for the body to recover from the heat especially for the elderly and homeless and those without air conditioning.

An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The hot temperatures will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

 

Commentary
  • Posted Date: 08/07/2012
    As a forty year veteran of the desert, I know its possible to survive in the heat . I discovered a trick that works for me, "don't get hot,-- before you get hot". In other words, when you first start to " feel" the heat, where ever you are , slow down begin to cool off, rest, get in the shade, drink cool water, before proceeding. Monitoring yourself in this manner. your tolerance will expand. Soon you will have more stamina in confronting the heat. A word of caution, don't get caught out in it with out the aforementioned tools, shade , water, a place to rest.
    By: plain ol Doug
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