Are you feeling the heat? Today will likely be the first 100-degree day of the year in Salt Lake City.
Skies will be mostly sunny in the morning but a few thunderstorms will pop up in the afternoon. They'll mainly be in the mountains but a few isolated cells could roll off into nearby valleys.
The most likely areas for thunderstorms will be from SLC south into central and southern Utah. Thursday's thunderstorms will be more likely to produce gusty winds and lightning than rain. This will make the fire danger extreme this afternoon and evening.
A Red Flag Warning is in place for much of central and southern Utah from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.
Monsoonal isolated thunderstorms are still possible for Friday and Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will stay in the upper 90s. For a full forecast, click here.
The National Weather Service released a heat awareness campaign with useful tips to beat the heat:
- Apply sunscreen
- Heat and humidity can take a toll on the body. Apply and re-apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn. (push)
- Drink plenty of water
- Did you know that generally 60% of the human body is made of water? That’s why it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to help replenish fluids lost by excessive sweating.
- Schedule your hike during cooler times
- Start scheduling your hike, walk with the dog, or outdoor work during the cooler times of the day – the early morning or evening hours. Of course, if the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s definitely too hot for your pet’s paws.
- Be mindful while driving
- Temperatures in your car can quickly become deadly. It can be 80 degrees outside, and after just one hour, over 120 degrees inside your car. Make sure to look before you lock.
- Look out for watches and warnings
- Keep an eye out for excessive heat watches and warnings, which we will inform you about. An Excessive Heat Watch means excessive heat is possible, so be prepared. However, if it’s an Excessive Heat Warning, then confidence is high that extremely hot weather will cause stress on people and animals unless precautions are taken.