SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Hey there, Utah! So far this week we have seen above-average heat, but we’ll see the heat crank into high gear as we close out this workweek. The increasing heat to close the week has prompted the National Weather Service to issue Excessive Heat Warnings and Watches for parts of southern Utah.  

In lower Washington County eastward through south-central to Lake Powell, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect. Within the warning, daytime highs are expected to top out between 100-107 with St. George and Zion likely to reach or even exceed 110! 

The warning will expire for Lower Washington County at 9 p.m. while the Glen Canyon and Lake Powell of the warning will expire Saturday evening. At midday, multiple Heat Advisories will go into effect for more parts of southern Utah. The areas included within the watch include western Juab & Millard Counties, Sanpete Valley, Sevier Valley, southwestern Utah, San Rafael Swell, Canyonlands, southeast Utah, Arches/Grand Flat, and Natural Bridges. 

The advisories for south-central and southwestern Utah will expire Friday evening while the advisories for southeastern Utah from Moab down through San Juan County will expire Saturday evening. Daytime highs within the advisories will range from 98-107 and overnight lows won’t bring much relief. 

Over the next couple of days take necessary precautions to beat the heat. Stay hydrated, limit time outside, find shade, check up on those that don’t have AC, and look before you lock! Never leave kids or pets alone in the car. Cracking windows does not help.