SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - With temperatures nearing 100 degrees over the next few days along the Wasatch Front, protecting you and your family from the sun and heat is a must.
"It's actually kind of cool out," said Erin Jewkes who was watching her kids play in the fountain at the Gateway Mall.
"It feels nice...wonderful," said Johnnie Gardner.
It felt wonderful because today was about a dozen degrees below average. Although, tomorrow is going to be a different story with temperatures about 12 degrees above what we're used to this time of year.
"I'm not," Jewkes said when asked if she was ready for the heat.
"It's going to be about 100 degrees so I think bringing the house down about 20 degrees would be nice," said Matt Mickel, who we found shopping for a window fan at Home Depot.
If you're not careful, heat can kill. It does so by pushing the human body beyond its limits which is why Utahns we talked to are gearing up for the hot weather ahead.
"We wear our hats, sunscreen and drink a lot of water...you know, keep cool and covered," said Jewkes.
"We plan on staying cool in the water and drink a lot of water," said Gardner.
"Probably just stay indoors and stay as close as I can to the fan," added Mickel.
The sweltering heat has already caused tons of trouble back on the east coast. And with those temperatures fast approaching the Beehive State, places like Home Depot in Salt Lake City are trying to keep up with the demands of customers.
"We're stocking the shelves as fast as they're going off so it's a daily process for us to keep up with the customers," said Jared Judkins, a Home Depot employee.
Health officials say to drink water, stay out of the sun and in air conditioning, and to check on elderly neighbors and pets.
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