The heat has been relentless in Alberta this week.
Nearly half of Alberta had fallen under an Environment Canada heat warning by early Monday morning, and those same areas of the province remain dangerously hot as the warnings continue into Tuesday.
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The renewed heat warnings are currently in effect for 47 regions throughout Alberta, affecting 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.
There is a chance that things will cool off by mid-week if the warning is to be believed.
Here’s what that looks like on the map:
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.