A heat wave is hitting the area, with temperatures expected to reach 37°C on Wednesday.

Over the weekend Environment Canada issued a heat warning for the area, with Alberta Health Services providing a few tips on how residents can keep cool and beat the heat throughout the week.

For residents that plan on being outdoors this week, AHS suggests that they:

  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outside. 
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Wear light coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants that cover skin.
  • Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages.

AHS also recommends that residents plan outdoor activities during cooler temperatures, such as in the early morning or evening. For those outside mid-day, it's suggested to take frequent breaks from the warm temperatures by spending time indoors.

When a heat warning is in effect, it's also highly recommended that residents never leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, as it can greatly increase the chance of heat stroke.

Heat stroke is a serious heat-related illness with residents more likely to develop symptoms during heat waves. Members of the public should monitor for symptoms of heat stroke, which include:

  • High body temperature.
  • Lack of sweat.
  • Disorientation.
  • Fainting.
  • Unconsciousness.

According to AHS, if you see someone suffering from heat stroke, move them into a shaded area, remove their outer clothing and shoes, and wrap them in a wet towel until medical attention can be provided. Staff also asks that if you start to feel overheated yourself to stop your activity immediately, seek shade, and drink fluids.

You can keep up to date with temperatures in the area by visiting our weather page.