SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Fair warning, next week is going to be HOT in our state.
ABC4’s Pinpoint Weather Team says we can expect to see triple-digit temperatures in the area, with not much relief from the heat in sight:
But don’t worry, local agencies are offering ways to help you beat the heat.
In a partnership between Salt Lake County (SLCo) Aging & Adult Services, SLCo Library Services and SLCo Recreation Centers, “Cool Zones” will be operated as our state continues to experience blazing summer heat.
This isn’t a new idea. Afton January, with SLCo Aging and Adult Services, says the county has been offering cool zones since 2014.
But what are these cool zones exactly?
Well, organizers define them as areas in county facilities where members of the public can escape the summer heat, hydrate, and learn about available programs.
You can find them in libraries, senior centers, and recreation centers throughout Salt Lake County.
And cooling centers are open to all ages, except for senior centers, of course.
Summer says the program came about after so many of their “Meals on Wheels” drivers saw Utahns who don’t are living without air-conditioning, even during the hottest times of the year.
“We do see an uptick in participation at our centers during the summertime,” she says.
And for the Meals on Wheels recipients without air conditioning who aren’t able to get to a senior center, SLCo Aging and Adult Services provide box fans and other cooling devices.
It’s a concept that’s truly making a difference in the community.
“It’s a really important program for us to make sure everyone, regardless of their income, has access to comfortable conditions during the day,” January tells ABC4.
These zones will be operated through October 15, giving Utahns plenty of opportunities to cool down.
To see an interactive map of cool zones near you, click HERE.
With temperatures expected to hit the triple digits, the risk of heat-related illness, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps is a real possibility.
You can learn more about the signs of heat-related illness and how to treat them here.