Over 1,000 homes lose power as Salt Lake City breaks another daily heat record

Outage expected to last until Sunday
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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 22, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY — For the second time in under a week, Salt Lake City's daily temperature record has been broken.

The hottest July 22 on record was 104 degrees — a benchmark set just last year.

On Saturday, the National Weather Service announced around 2:30 p.m. that the SLC International Airport measuring station had tied the previous record. Then around 3:20 p.m., it reached 106. That's tied for the highest temperature so far this year.

The all-time record high for SLC is 107.

The NWS has also again issued heat warnings and advisories for several areas across the state of Utah.

They remind the public to stay hydrated, avoid physical over-exertion by taking breaks and seeking shade, and wear light/loose-fitting clothing. Experts also say it's helpful to limit caffeine and alcohol consumption.

Salt Lake County also offers dozens of "cool zones" that are free and open to the public. A map of them can be found HERE.

Unfortunately for nearly 1,400 SLC residents, they have been without power since around 6 p.m. and will likely not get it restored until Sunday.

Rocky Mountain Power reported that 1,467 customers were without power due to a substation failure. The company told FOX 13 News later Saturday night that these homes and businesses were being temporarily served by a mobile transformer, but after a bad testing, they determined that it will need to be replaced.

RMP tweeted that they expect to have power restored by around 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

A few hundred other outages occurred throughout Salt Lake, Utah and Tooele counties on Saturday.