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Utah hits abnormally high temps in May, are you prepared?

June is just days away and the official kick off of summer is not until June 21st, so what’s going on with the sudden spike in temperatures?

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - June is just days away and the official kick off of summer is not until June 21st so what’s going on with the sudden spike in temperatures? That's a question many Utah residents are asking.

"90 is too hot my house did not cool off last night and we just felt like spring was too short,” said Denise Gregg who was out enjoying the sun with her son at Liberty Park.

 “It's pretty hot I mean for the last three or four weeks it was nice and then it's like a hit!" said Orlando Seve who works outdoors.

The sudden heat wave is abnormal this time of year for Utah, which is why paramedics say the sudden rise in temps could cause people to overheat if they aren't careful.

"We're the second driest state in the nation. We are in the desert so you should be drinking at least one gallon and if your exercising, running, biking or even doing a lot of yard work or something like that you need to be drinking even more,” said E.J. Hinterman with Unified Fire Authority

Hinterman says feeling fatigued, looking flushed and sweating are all signs of heat exhaustion, But why the sudden heat wave? Good 4 Utah Meteorologist Curtis Ray says “It’s just kind of a big ridge in the jet stream over the western U.S. And there are a couple areas of low pressure off the pacific and they are acting together to bring up a southerly or southwesterly flow across the state.”

Ray says we can expect a small cool down, but summer-like temps are pretty much here to stay. Therefore, if you aren't summer ready you may want to take some time to get prepared for what could be a very hot summer.

“Definitely not prepared for the heat! I think its hard to go out and play, so we are trying to do early mornings and a little bit later at night, but it is definitely not fun to be outside in 90 degrees with kids,” said Gregg.

During these hot temps Unified Fire Authority also says those who really need to be careful are young children, elderly and the sick. Again, it's nice to be outside but too much sun isn't a good thing. 

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