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Heat warning issued for Red Deer

Take precautions to protect against heat exhaustion
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a heat warning for Red Deer June 29, 2023. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

A heat warning was issued for Red Deer with the temperature expected to reach 27 C on Thursday.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues heat warnings when very high temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Warnings are typically issued when temperatures are near, or above, 29 C combined with overnight lows near 14 C.

Residents and visitors to the Red Deer 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.

Symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion include high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

Particular attention should be paid to those who can experience earlier or more severe effects from heat such as 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.

The temperature is forecast to dip slightly to 26 C on Friday, with more moderate temperatures on the weekend. Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 22 C and 18 C on Sunday.

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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