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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT
1030 PM MDT Sat May 27 2017

...Heat Awareness Day coming on Wednesday, May 31st...

To spread awareness about the dangers of excessive heat and to
prepare Utahns for significant heat events, the National Weather
Service office in Salt Lake City has made Wednesday May 31st, 2017
Heat Awareness Day in Utah in cooperation with the Salt Lake County
Health Department and the Utah Division of Emergency Management.

Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States,
causing hundreds of fatalities each year. On average heat is
responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than
hurricanes, tornadoes and floods combined.  Excessive heat also
brings a rise in emergency room visits for heat-related illness such
as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Summer is fast approaching and
it is time for Utahns to prepare.

To help Utah residents prepare for upcoming heat events, the
National Weather Service is now producing experimental forecasts
which provide daily guidance on potential heat risks out to seven
days, known as the HeatRisk. This experimental approach considers
many important factors, including how significantly above normal
high and low temperatures are, the expected duration of the
excessive heat, and the impact of relative humidity.

More information about the HeatRisk output can be found at

The National Weather Service invites residents to follow along on
our social media accounts and webpage for additional updates and
heat safety information during Heat Awareness Day on Wednesday, May

Twitter: @NWSSaltLakeCity

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