Heat warning extended into Southwest Saskatchewan

Environment Canada has added Southwest Saskatchewan to a Heat Warning which is currently in effect across much of Alberta.

Earlier this afternoon, Environment Canada issued a Heat Warning for the Swift Current – Herbert – Cabri – Kyle – Lucky Lake; the Leader – Gull Lake; and the Shaunavon – Maple Creek – Val Marie – Cypress Hills forecast regions.

The warning advises that starting Friday and continuing throughout the weekend, the Southwest can expect daily maximum temperatures near 32 Celsius or above, with minimum overnight temperatures in the 16 Celsius range.

Temperatures are expected to moderate by Monday to a level slightly below the warning criteria.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Environment Canada has made the following recommendations to help deal with the heat:
– Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.
– Reduce your heat risk. Schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day.
– Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
– Call HealthLine 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with heat.
– Continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.