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Saturday, July 31, 2021
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“Unprecedented” heat for Alberta; very hot conditions expected for several days

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Old heat records are falling fast a furious across western Canada with a heatwave, like no other this country has every experienced.

Temperatures are soaring to “unprecedented” levels and shattering records that have stood for decades.

Environment Canada’s Janelle Gergley says the dangerous heat will peak around Canada Day around here, however she warns it will remain very hot for several days after.

“We’re seeing 32°C or warmer for Lethbridge right through until at least July 9th,” says Gergley. “Even after that it’s a slight cool down if anything, so this is a very long heat event and that blocking pattern is here to stay.”

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That slight cool down she refers to is around 29°C or 30°C. So not much relief.

Why is getting so hot and this early in summer? Well, that’s a good question. Gergley says something recently happened in the Southern Hemisphere.

“This is unprecedented and when we stay historic, it is! For many cities this is a one in a hundred year event. It’s something that’s happening in the Indian Ocean that caused the (heat) event here, so it’s a very complex reasoning as to why this is happening,” stated Gergley.

Lethbridge hit a new record high on Monday when the mercury topped out at more than 35°C, beating the old record for June 28 of 33.4°C which was set back in 1985. Several other communities across southern Alberta also set new temperature records on Monday and that will likely be a daily trend as the week goes on.

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Environment Canada warns the duration and magnitude of this heat event will lead to increased risk of heat-related illness.

– 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.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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