SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Hey, Utah! So far this week we have seen above average heat, but we will see the heat kick into high gear at the end of this work week. Growing heat to close out the week prompted the National Weather Service to issue excessive heat warnings and watches for parts of southern Utah.
In lower Washington County, east to south-central Lake Powell, an excessive heat warning will take effect at noon and will remain in effect through Friday evening. As part of the warning, daytime highs are expected to peak between 100 and 105, with St. George hitting 108 on Thursday and could approach 110 on Friday with a high of 109!
By Friday, an excessive heat watch will go into effect for more areas of southern Utah. Areas included in the monitoring include most of Juab and Millard counties, Sanpete Valley, Sevier Valley, Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park, San Rafael Swell, Canyonlands, South -eastern Utah, Arches/Grand Flat and Natural Bridges.
Within the watch, daytime highs will be between 100 and 107 as Zion National Park could reach 110. The watch for southeast Utah will continue through Saturday as overnight lows do not won’t bring much relief.
Southern Utah won’t be the only place to face higher heat to end the week. Along the Wasatch front, highs will be near 100 on Thursday and Friday we will be in record territory in Salt Lake City.