Utahns trying to stay cool in the triple-digit temps

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jul 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-10 23:13:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY – With temperatures reaching triple digits in Salt Lake City this week, many Utahns are looking for fun ways to beat the heat.

Amy Kohler says she tries to find some water to keep cool when the weather turns hot.

“We come out and find some water. Splash parks are a great way to do it,” she said. “We have a pool at home, but when we’re traveling we try and find a splash pad.”

Kohler says she prefers the heat to the cold, though.

“I grew up in Wisconsin. I prefer it to be very hot. I’ve lived the last 20 years in Arizona and Nevada, so I love the heat. Absolutely love it,” she said.

The fountain at the Gateway is a popular spot for kids and parents to cool down while out and about.

“We play as much in the water as we can. And I stay in the shade. And she plays in the water,” said Becky Mortensen.

For others, when the temps go up, they head to higher elevations; trails through the Wasatch Foothills are the perfect spot for some hikers.

“We hiked up to the really cold run-off water that just numbs your feet. It was freezing, it felt really good,” said Kathryn Turley.

Ron Berg says hiking has an added benefit of breathing cleaner air.

“This valley gets really smuggy and kind of gross. It’s nice to get up and get the fresh air,” he said.

Temperatures are forecasted to get up to 103 degrees in Salt Lake City over the next few days, but will cool down to the mid-90s after that.