Dangers of High Temperatures in Canyonlands National Park

By: Dan Cooper

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A Woman Dies in Canyonlands National Park Due to High Temperatures

A woman died in Canyonlands National Park, in Utah, due to the high temperatures that were registered in the United States this week. The death occurred on June 28, when the 61-year-old tourist was visiting the nature reserve.

According to reports, the woman was at Camp Willow Flat when she lost consciousness and was unresponsive. Grand County emergency services attended the site, in the company of rangers from Canyonlands National Park. However, the visitor no longer had vital signs and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Identification and Investigation

The woman was identified as a 61-year-old tourist from Indiana and authorities notified her relatives of her death. However, her name was not revealed. In addition, the National Park Service, in coordination with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, opened an investigation into the death of the visitor.

Intense Heat Wave in the United States

The United States is going through an intense heat wave this week and the population is suffering the consequences. In southern Utah last week, the thermometer exceeded 37 degrees Celsius. Temperatures are expected to continue to rise during this long weekend due to the 4th of July celebrations.

For this reason, US authorities asked the population to take extreme precautions to avoid heat stroke.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

According to the Mayo Clinic, excess heat in the body due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures manifests itself with the following symptoms of heat stroke:

  • High body temperature
  • Altered behavior with confusion, irritability, or delirium
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Redness of the skin
  • Agitation in breathing
  • Headache
  • Increased heartbeat

Risks and Consequences

If a stroke is not treated in time, people can suffer damage to the brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles. It can even cause death.

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