Edmonton weather: Bring on the heat warning

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Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park.

Today’s forecast high is 30 C with a humidex of 33 C. The mercury is expected to climb even higher tomorrow: 32 C, with the humidex reaching 37 C — much more like home for those Ontario types.

The federal weather office suggests these precautions when temperatures reach this level:

  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time in cooled indoor spaces where possible.
  • 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.
  • Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.
  • Pay particular attention to individuals that can experience earlier or more severe effects from heat including infants, children, seniors, and individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.

Conditions are expected to cool on Thursday night, when showers are forecast. Rain is on tap (ba dum tis) for Friday, with a high of 18 C, before skies clear once again on Saturday with temperatures much more seasonal and less like a blast furnace.

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