Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Red Deer, as high temperatures are expected to last through the weekend.
“Daily high temperatures near 30 C combined with overnight lows in the mid to high teens will moderate slightly by Sunday,” said the government agency.
Environment Canada’s weather forecast, as of Thursday afternoon, indicates Friday will be mainly sunny with a high of 30 C and an overnight low of 15 C. Saturday is expected to have a high of 28 C with a mix of sun and cloud, and an overnight low of 15 C. Environment Canada said both Sunday and Monday will be sunny with a high of 27 C.
The heat warning, which was issued at 10 a.m. on Thursday, has been issued to other Central Alberta communities, including Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Innisfail and Stettler.
Residents of and visitors to the warned regions 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,” 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.”
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.