For Utahns, that is hot and uncomfortable, but as the shirt suggests, quit your crying.
Washington-Dulles International Airport hit 104ºF on June 29. Their highest hourly temperature was 101ºF, when the dewpoint was 68ºF, which equates to a heat index of 107ºF. At peak temperature, their heat index was probably about 110ºF.
It can be worse. During the 1995 heatwave, which caused at least 830 deaths in the midwest and 525 deaths in Chicago (Changnon et al. 1996), the heat index reached 119ºF at O'Hare airport and 125ºF at Midway Airport. A lesson to be learned from this and other heat waves is that mortality is influenced not only by the maximum temperature, but also the humidity, minimum temperature, and air quality. Extended periods with high humidity, elevated overnight temperatures, and poor air quality create serious physiological stress. Societal factors also play a critical role. As noted by Changnon et al. (1996):
"The primary victims of the 1995 heat wave, as in past heat waves, were older persons in large cities within the heart of the urban heat island. Urban areas, particularly older U.S. cities, are particularly vulnerable to heat waves. Many older citizens in low-income areas have no air conditioning or cannot afford to operate systems, and they fear use of open-window ventilation at night because of high crime rates in their neighborhoods. Many people have also forgotten how to "live and function" with high temperatures and need continuing education and reminders when heat waves approach. This is particularly true in more northern cities of the nation where extreme heat is not common."This is perhaps a good reminder that even though things aren't as uncomfortable in Salt Lake this week, it might be worth checking on elderly neighbors to make sure they are comfortable.