Tourist died of heat during a hike in the Grand Canyon

An Ohio hiker was found dead in the Grand Canyon Sunday on a day when temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius.

The death of Michelle Meder, 53, of Hudson, Ohio, was probably heat-related, the National Park Service said Monday. The park service said the hiker likely suffered heat stroke on the Tonto Trail near Monument Creek, and rangers were no longer able to save her. The woman was walking the Hermit Trail to the Bright Angel Trail on a multi-day tour Saturday, the Park Service said.

Tourist died of heat during a hike in the Grand Canyon
FILE — A National Park Service helicopter lifts a stranded rafter around the Colorado River and Havasupai Creek area after a dam, weakened by heavy rains, broke near the Grand Canyon in this Sunday, August 17, 2008 file photo. About 200 tourists are being evacuated from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. Officials with the Havasupai Tribe say their reservation was hit with two rounds of flooding Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and early Thursday. (AP Photo/National Park Service, File)

The investigation into Meder’s death is ongoing, and the coroner will determine the exact cause of death.

Because of the record-breaking heat wave in the Western United States, people are being asked to stay outdoors less and avoid dangerous hikes if possible.