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Question #16771 posted on 07/20/2005 3:13 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does it get so hot in Utah while still being at a high elevation?

- Sweating like a pig

A: Dear Sweating-

It's the 'continental' climate of the region. Not being near any major body of water means that the region's temperature fluctuates significantly during various parts of the year. Water acts as a heat sink, absorbing great amounts of thermal energy when the area is hot, so San Diego is the same temperature almost year-round, while Provo is not.

-The Franchise