LETHBRIDGE, AB – Extreme heat will be felt all across Alberta over the next week or so.
A prolonged, dangerous, and historic heat wave will persist through this week. Afternoon high temperatures will be in the mid to high 30’s, with parts of northern Alberta expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius today. The heat wave will continue into early next week for some regions.
Little to no reprieve from the heat is expected, as overnight lows will remain between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.
The duration and magnitude of this heat event will lead to increased risk of heat related illness.
Residents of and visitors to the warned regions are advised to take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours:
– Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
– Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time in cooled indoor spaces where possible.
– Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
– Check for your children or pets before you exit your vehicle. Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time.
Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.