Environment Canada has issued Heat Warnings for half of Alberta

Jul 22 2019, 4:06 pm

Temperatures are getting dangerously high in Alberta.

The heat may not be quite as suffocating as it is in other parts of the country, but Alberta hasn’t completely dodged the frightfully warm weather.

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Environment Canada issued a heat warning for large parts of the province on Monday morning, stating that “a ridge of high pressure continues to build over the prairies.”

The airmass is expected to bring that temperature gauge up to around 30°C for Monday and Tuesday, though things will cool off by mid-week if the warning is to be believed.

The heat warning is currently in place for: Bonnyville, St. Paul, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, the City of Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Foremost, Drumheller, Three Hills, Fort Chipewyan, Wood Buffalo National Park, Fort McMurray, Fort MacKay, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Redwater, Smoky Lake, Hanna, Coronation, Oyen, High Level, Rainbow Lake, Fort Vermilion, Mackenzie Hwy, Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Suffield, Slave Lake, Spruce Grove, Morinville, Mayerthorpe, Evansburg, Wabasca, Peerless Lake, Gift Lake, Cadotte Lake, Westlock, Barrhead, and Athabasca.

Here’s what that looks like on the map:

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Heat warnings in Alberta (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.

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

  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time indoors in cooled buildings such as malls or indoor pools.
  • 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 heatstroke or heat exhaustion in yourself and those around you, which can include high body temperature, lack of sweat, fainting, confusion, and unconsciousness.