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There’s a rare heat wave hitting the U.S. this week, NWS says. Yes, it’ll hit Utah

The summer of 2020 will have a rare heat wave too

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Roenn Hodgins, 11, makes his way along the Mississippi River as he takes part in a summer program at the Carleton Place Canoe Club in Carleton Place, Ont. on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The National Capital region is currently experiencing a heat wave, as is much of the United States.

Roenn Hodgins, 11, makes his way along the Mississippi River as he takes part in a summer program at the Carleton Place Canoe Club in Carleton Place, Ontario, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The National Capital region is currently experiencing a heat wave.

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Regions of the Southwestern United States will suffer from a record heat wave this weekend, with temperatures hitting close to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.

Officials from the National Weather Service said people should take precautions because high heat temperatures can be deadly.

The NWSsaid: “Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities. Hiking in the lower elevation portions of Grand Canyon will be dangerous.”

Expected temperatures could be:

Grant Weyman of KSL-TV said “things heating up for the weekend.” Salt Lake City will see near 100 degrees today and more of the same over the weekend. Excessive heat in the East and Southwest of Utah, too. St. George will have temperatures near 110 for both days of the weekend, too.

Marvin Percha, National Weather Service meteorologist, told CNN officials consider the “heat risk” of a location with high temperatures in the Southwest.

“We look at how rare the event is and compare what’s normal,” Percha told CNN.“Considering the temperatures we have forecast now, we’re looking at a pretty rare event.”

The NWS issued a few tips forstaying safe, including:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned room.
  • Avoid staying out in the sun.
  • Talk with neighbors and relatives to make sure they’re OK.
  • Children and pets should not be left unattended.