A heat warning is in effect for much of central Alberta, including Red Deer, Lacombe, Stettler and Sylvan Lake.
Temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 29 C this long weekend, with overnight lows are expected to be near 14 C, according to Environment Canada.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Central Albertans and people visiting the area are advised to take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours:
- 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,” Environment Canada said.
“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.”