June temperatures break records in the United States
June was the hottest month on record for Utah – and for the country.
According to a July 9 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, eight states in total marked the month as their hottest on record: Arizona, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Utah.
The average temperature across the contiguous United States was 72.6 degrees – or 4.2 degrees above average – making it the hottest June in 127 years of record-breaking and surpassing the record set in June 2016 of 0.9 degrees. In Death Valley this weekend, temperatures were expected to rise to 130 degrees.
On June 15, Salt Lake City matched its highest recorded June temperature of 107 degrees, which had only been reached twice in 147 years – in 2002 and 1960. This week, the temperature at the Salt Airport Lake City hit 104 degrees on Wednesday, and the city set its 12th triple-digit record for the year at 101 degrees on Friday.
In St. George today, the temperature reached 117 degrees, tying the all-time record pending further investigation, according to the National Weather Service.
More triple-digit conditions are expected through early next week, with highs for Sunday and Monday at 102 hours, and Tuesday at 100. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for parts of the country. Utah through Monday at 9 p.m. and select locations in the valley. have set up cooling centers to beat the heat.
As the western states continue to experience a heat wave this month, problems of drought, wildfire and water resources persist. Two Utah cities have halted building permits that require new city water connections, and lawn watering restrictions have been implemented statewide.
In extreme heat, the National Weather Service recommends avoiding strenuous activities, wearing light clothing, and being careful of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.