When is the best time to run in utah?

Content

How to Run

in the Summer

How to Run

in the Winter

Understanding

Air Quality

Weather Data

by Utah Region

How do you know when to run in UTah?

In a lot of areas in Utah it is possible to run outdoors for most of the year; you just have to know how to do it!

 

How to Run in the Summer

The three big things to pay attention to when running in the hot summer months are temperature, time of sunrise, and air quality.

  • Temperature:
    • You don’t want to run outside when it’s too hot, it’s best to go at times of the day when the heat is lower. Pay attention to temperature and dress appropriately and bring an appropriate amount of water accordingly.
  • Sunrise:
    • The time of sunrise is something to pay attention to in the hot summer months because the coolest temperatures will be before the sun has risen. Summertime may be when you want to begin the habit of waking up and running early in the morning.
  • Air Quality:
    • Air quality can get bad in the summertime because the heat traps in some of the pollution in the atmosphere. Just make sure to run indoors with filtered air on the days that it’s too dangerous to workout outside.

 

How to Run in the Winter

The most important things to pay attention to when running in the winter are temperature, sunrise and sunset, precipitation (or rain), snow, and air quality.

  • Temperature:
    • Know what temperature it will be when you are running and dress appropriately. Below 32 degrees is cold…but below 20 degrees means you should have several layers on including something for your head and hands.
  • Sunrise & Sunset:
    • The best times to run in the winter are typically after sunrise and before sunset as this tends to be the timeframe that is the warmest. You should also know what times the sun rises and sets to ensure you’re prepared to run in the dark if you go out close to one of those times. This means bringing a headlamp and wearing reflective clothing.
  • Precipitation:
    • Rain shouldn’t effect your run very much, but you’ll want to know if it’s going to rain because a waterproof top layer will help keep you warmer longer.
  • Snow:
    • Knowing when and how much it will snow will help you prepare both with clothing and with shoe choice. If there is snow on the ground you will likely want spikes to help give you traction on the run. Be sure to not go out during a blizzard or when snowfall is dangerous for any reason.
  • Air Quality:
    • Air quality can get bad in the wintertime because of the inversion here in Utah. Have a backup plan for running indoors or doing a different indoor workout on the days the air quality is unsafe for outdoor runners.

Understanding Air Quality

The pollutants and levels that affect the active outdoors include:

  • Any pollutant: code red or higher
  • Ozone: code orange or higher
  • Sulfur dioxide: code orange or higher

Index Value

Level of Health Concern

What it Means

301 – 500

Hazardous

Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

201 – 300

Very Unhealthy

Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

151 – 200

Unhealthy

Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

101 – 150

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

51 – 100

Moderate

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

0 – 50

Good

Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

Temperature, Rainfall, Snowfall, Sunrise/Sunset, and Air Quality Data

See the average temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, sunrise/sunset, and air quality in different popular area of Utah each month of the year!

Salt Lake Area

January

snowflake

Average Temperature

  • High  38 F
  • Low  26 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.46 in

Average snowfall

  • 11 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:38 – 7:51 am
  • Set: 5:10 – 5:43 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 1.5 red

February

heart

Average Temperature

  • High  44 F
  • Low  31 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.5 in

Average snowfall

  • 10 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:03 – 7:37 am
  • Set: 5:44 – 6:17 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.5 red

March

four leaf clover

Average Temperature

  • High  53 F
  • Low  38 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.2 in

Average snowfall

  • 6 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:01 – 7:12 am
  • Set: 6:18 – 7:51 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

April

water

Average Temperature

  • High  61 F
  • Low  43 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.32 in

Average snowfall

  • 3 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:27 – 7:11 am
  • Set: 7:52 – 8:22 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 10.3 red & orange

May

sunflower

Average Temperature

  • High  47 F
  • Low  52 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.09 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 5:59 – 6:26 am
  • Set: 8:23 – 8:51 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.2 orange

June

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  82 F
  • Low  61 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.14 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 5:55 – 5:59 am
  • Set: 8:52 – 9:02 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 6.4 orange

July

fireworks

Average Temperature

  • High  90 F
  • Low  69 F

Average rainfall

  • .59 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 5:59 – 6:23 am
  • Set: 8:44 – 9:02 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 6 orange

August

sea

Average Temperature

  • High  89 F
  • Low  67 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.71 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:24 – 6:53 am
  • Set: 8:01 – 8:43 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 2.4 orange

September

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  78 F
  • Low  58 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.54 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:53 – 7:22 am
  • Set: 7:11 – 8:00 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 1.2 orange

October

pumpkin

Average Temperature

  • High  65 F
  • Low  46 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.65 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:23 – 7:56 am
  • Set: 6:25 – 7:09 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

November

chicken

Average Temperature

  • High  50 F
  • Low  36 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.77 in

Average snowfall

  • 7 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:32 – 7:51 am
  • Set: 5:20 – 6:23 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

December

snowman

Average Temperature

  • High  40 F
  • Low  27 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.61 in

Average snowfall

  • 10 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:38 – 7:51 am
  • Set: 4:59 – 5:09 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 1 red

Utah Valley

January

snowflake

Average Temperature

  • High  40 F
  • Low  22 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.89 in

Average snowfall

  • 14 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:36 – 7:48 am
  • Set: 5:11 – 5:44 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 2.5 red

February

heart

Average Temperature

  • High  46 F
  • Low  26 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.85 in

Average snowfall

  • 11 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:01 – 7:35 am
  • Set: 5:45 – 6:17 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.5 red

March

four leaf clover

Average Temperature

  • High  56 F
  • Low  33 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.93 in

Average snowfall

  • 7 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:48 – 7:46 am
  • Set: 6:18 – 7:49 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

April

water

Average Temperature

  • High  65 F
  • Low  39 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.01 in

Average snowfall

  • 4 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:27 – 7:01 am
  • Set: 7:50 – 8:20 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0 red & orange

May

sunflower

Average Temperature

  • High  75 F
  • Low  47 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.09 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:00 – 6:26 am
  • Set: 8:21 – 8:49 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0 orange

June

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  85 F
  • Low  54 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.18 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 5:56 – 6:00 am
  • Set: 8:49 – 8:59 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 1.6 orange

July

fireworks

Average Temperature

  • High  94 F
  • Low  61 F

Average rainfall

  • .75 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:01 – 6:23 am
  • Set: 8:41 – 8:49 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 4.8 orange

August

sea

Average Temperature

  • High  92 F
  • Low  60 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.98 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:24 – 6:53 am
  • Set: 8:00 – 8:40 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 1 orange & red

September

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  82 F
  • Low  51 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.46 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:54 – 7:21 am
  • Set: 7:10 – 7:58 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 1 orange

October

pumpkin

Average Temperature

  • High  67 F
  • Low  40 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.01 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:23 – 7:56 am
  • Set: 6:25 – 7:09 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

November

chicken

Average Temperature

  • High  52 F
  • Low  31 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.69 in

Average snowfall

  • 7 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:58 – 7:56 am
  • Set: 5:01 – 6:23 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

December

snowman

Average Temperature

  • High  40 F
  • Low  24 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.93 in

Average snowfall

  • 14 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:29 – 7:48 am
  • Set: 5:01 – 5:10 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.4 red

Weber County

January

snowflake

Average Temperature

  • High  35 F
  • Low  20 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.5 in

Average snowfall

  • 7.8 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:39 – 7:53 am
  • Set: 5:09 – 5:42 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.7 red

February

heart

Average Temperature

  • High  41 F
  • Low  24 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.69 in

Average snowfall

  • 5.9 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:03 – 7:38 am
  • Set: 5:44 – 6:17 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.2 red

March

four leaf clover

Average Temperature

  • High  52 F
  • Low  32 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.89 in

Average snowfall

  • 1.3 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:49 – 7:12 am
  • Set: 6:21 – 7:51 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

April

water

Average Temperature

  • High  60 F
  • Low  38 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.97 in

Average snowfall

  • 0.7 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:26 – 7:11 am
  • Set: 7:52 – 8:23 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.2 red

May

sunflower

Average Temperature

  • High  70 F
  • Low  47 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.2 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 5:57 – 6:25 am
  • Set: 8:24 – 8:53 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

June

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  80 F
  • Low  56 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.42 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 5:54 – 5:57 am
  • Set: 8:54 – 9:04 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 4 orange

July

fireworks

Average Temperature

  • High  90 F
  • Low  64 F

Average rainfall

  • .83 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 5:58 – 6:21 am
  • Set: 8:45 – 9:04 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 3.8 red & orange

August

sea

Average Temperature

  • High  88 F
  • Low  62 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.83 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:22 – 6:52 am
  • Set: 8:02 – 8:44 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 1 orange

September

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  63 F
  • Low  40 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.54 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:53 – 7:23 am
  • Set: 7:11 – 8:00 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0.4 orange

October

pumpkin

Average Temperature

  • High  63 F
  • Low  40 F

Average rainfall

  • 2.13 in

Average snowfall

  • 0.1 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:24 – 7:57 am
  • Set: 6:24 – 7:09 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

November

chicken

Average Temperature

  • High  47 F
  • Low  30 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.61 in

Average snowfall

  • 2.8 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:01 – 8:00 am
  • Set: 4:59 – 6:23 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

December

snowman

Average Temperature

  • High  36 F
  • Low  22 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.54 in

Average snowfall

  • 3.6 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:33 – 7:53 am
  • Set: 4:58 – 5:08 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

Iron County

January

snowflake

Average Temperature

  • High  42 F
  • Low  17 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.87 in

Average snowfall

  • 9 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:38 – 7:49 am
  • Set: 5:24 – 5:55 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

February

heart

Average Temperature

  • High  46 F
  • Low  20 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.98 in

Average snowfall

  • 9 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:06 – 7:37 am
  • Set: 5:56 – 6:25 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

March

four leaf clover

Average Temperature

  • High  54 F
  • Low  26 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.34 in

Average snowfall

  • 9 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:53 – 7:51 am
  • Set: 6:27 – 7:55 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

April

water

Average Temperature

  • High  62 F
  • Low  32 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.06 in

Average snowfall

  • 5 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:38 – 7:18 am
  • Set: 7:56 – 8:22 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

May

sunflower

Average Temperature

  • High  72 F
  • Low  39 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.79 in

Average snowfall

  • 1 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:13 – 6:37 am
  • Set: 8:23 – 8:48 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

June

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  83 F
  • Low  48 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.51 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:10 – 6:14 am
  • Set: 8:49 – 8:59 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

July

fireworks

Average Temperature

  • High  90 F
  • Low  56 F

Average rainfall

  • .83 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:14 – 6:35 am
  • Set: 8:43 – 8:59 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

August

sea

Average Temperature

  • High  87 F
  • Low  55 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.14 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 6:36 – 7:02 am
  • Set: 8:04 – 8:42 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

September

sun

Average Temperature

  • High  79 F
  • Low  45 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.67 in

Average snowfall

  • 0 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:03 – 7:27 am
  • Set: 7:17 – 8:02 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

October

pumpkin

Average Temperature

  • High  66 F
  • Low  33 F

Average rainfall

  • 1.34 in

Average snowfall

  • 2 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:28 – 7:57 am
  • Set: 6:35 – 7:16 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

November

chicken

Average Temperature

  • High  52 F
  • Low  23 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.94 in

Average snowfall

  • 7 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:00 – 7:59 am
  • Set: 5:32 – 6:24 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

December

snowman

Average Temperature

  • High  42 F
  • Low  16 F

Average rainfall

  • 0.83 in

Average snowfall

  • 7 in

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Rise: 7:33 – 7:53 am
  • Set: 4:58 – 5:08 pm

Air Quality

Number of unhealthy days for people who are active outdoors:

  • 0

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