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Heat warning in effect for Red Deer, central Alberta

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Red Deer and central Alberta.

Throughout the weekend, daytime high temperatures are expected to range from 29 C to 35 C combined, with overnight lows of 14 C to 20 C.

People living in or visiting the warned regions are advised to take precautions to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours, Environment Canada said on its website.

The City of Red Deer also urged caution amid the dry conditions and poor air quality Saturday.

The current fire danger risk in Red Deer, as identified by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, is Very High. Additionally, wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia and parts of Alberta, which can contribute to poor air quality, the city said.

“While at a Moderate Risk now, conditions can change rapidly,” the city said in a press release.

Red Deer Emergency Services continues to monitor the conditions and a fire ban will be issued if the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) reaches 7 or greater, or if other conditions worsen.

People should monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting and unconsciousness, said Environment Canada.

“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,” said Environment Canada.

The federal government agency offers the following safety tips:

  • 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.

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.

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