Environment Canada issues heat warning for central and southern Alberta

Aug 16 2020, 3:07 pm

Temperatures are soaring in Alberta this Sunday and it looks like the mercury will be staying high into the coming week.

Environment Canada has released a series of heat warnings across the province, cautioning residents of the potentially dangerous temperatures.

Throughout the province, the agency says temperatures reaching or exceeding 29ºC are expected for the next three days.

There will also be overnight lows nearing 14ºC.

The following 23 regions are currently under the warning:

  • Airdrie – Cochrane – Olds – Sundre
  • Bonnyville – St. Paul – Cold Lake – Lac La Biche
  • Brooks – Strathmore – Vulcan
  • Cardston – Fort Macleod – Magrath
  • City of Calgary
  • City of Edmonton – St. Albert – Sherwood Park
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park – Foremost
  • Drayton Valley – Devon – Rimbey – Pigeon Lake
  • Drumheller – Three Hills
  • Fort McMurray – Fort MacKay
  • Fort Saskatchewan – Vegreville – Redwater – Smoky Lake
  • Hanna – Coronation – Oyen
  • Kananaskis – Canmore
  • Leduc – Camrose – Wetaskiwin – Tofield
  • Lethbridge – Taber – Milk River
  • Lloydminster – Wainwright – Vermilion – Provost
  • Medicine Hat – Bow Island – Suffield
  • Okotoks – High River – Claresholm
  • Red Deer – Ponoka – Innisfail – Stettler
  • Slave Lake
  • Spruce Grove – Morinville – Mayerthorpe – Evansburg
  • Wabasca – Peerless Lake – Gift Lake – Cadotte Lake
  • Westlock – Barrhead – Athabasca

Here’s what that looks like on a map:

Environment Canada

The warning states that the heat may be especially bad for infants, children, seniors, outdoor workers, and people with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health, or diabetic conditions.

In these times, it’s also important to check in on people who may be socially isolated due to the pandemic.

Environment Canada provided the following precautions to follow while the heat warning remains in effect:

  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
  • If you are going to be indoors in a public building, such as a mall, be sure to respect and follow all COVID requirements, including physical distancing and masks.
  • 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.

Keep an eye out for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion in yourself and those around you, which can include high body temperature, lack of sweat, fainting, confusion, and unconsciousness.

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