That AC is going to be your best friend today.
Not only is the temperature in the city sitting stubbornly above 30°C, but wildfire smoke has drifted its way over to Calgary, causing Environment Canada to extend both the special air quality statement and the heat warning that was put into place on Tuesday.
The alerts were renewed on Wednesday morning, and both basically boil down to the same thing: Stay cool and stay indoors if you’re having a hard time being out in the sun and the smoke.
It is recommended to stay inside at a cool, well-ventilated building, and to consider going to a shopping centre, library, rec centre, or another air-conditioned place if your home does not have AC.
Those exposed to the smoke may experience coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath, and anyone with pre-existing medical conditions (especially cardiovascular or lung disease) are especially at risk.
The heat warning states that it is important to monitor for signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, especially in children and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Signs of heat distress include high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.
So be sure to stay safe, stay cool, and stay hydrated, Calgary!