Adjusting to the Higher Altitude in Utah
Adjusting from a low-altitude locale to the higher altitude of Salt Lake City (4,000+ feet/1000+ meters) may cause some visitors to exhibit some mildly uncomfortable symptoms like:
- body aches (“flu”-like symptoms in the muscles and joints)
How can you adjust comfortably to the higher altitude during your stay and avoid or
diminish these kinds of symptoms? Drink plenty of water! Utah’s water—right from the
faucet—is clean, pure, healthy, and delightful. Keeping your body hydrated is very
important because high altitudes can dehydrate your system. This can be further complicated
in arid regions like Utah. Water assists your body in flushing toxins, which is critical
because altitude affects the body’s ability to dispose of carbon dioxide through breathing.
If you feel thirsty, you have waited too long to drink.
Hot weather is typical for summer time in Utah. High temperatures are generally just under 95F (35C) in the afternoons, and overnight low temperatures are about 70F (21.1C). These temperatures are accompanied by very low relative humidity (averaging around 40%). This means the higher temperatures here will feel much cooler than the same temperatures at most locales with higher humidity. The low humidity means very dry air.