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Heat warnings issued in Western Canada



Heat warnings issued in Western Canada

Heat warnings have been issued for areas in Western Canada, due to a ridge of high pressure making its way across the country.  

“While the core of the epicenter of the heat is located further south over Northern California, it is expanding north and east this week,” explained Jennifer Smith, national warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

“High pressure causes air to sink and dry out, reducing cloud cover and leading to hot temperatures.” 

Smith said that daytime highs in Western Canada are ranging from 30 to 35 degrees, with some areas seeing temperatures surpass 35 degrees.  

Daytime highs for Moose Jaw are expected to be above normal this week, ranging from 30 to 33 degrees Celsius. Overnight lows this week will be in the mid-teens. 

“It’s encouraged to take extra precautions against the heat. Drink lots of water, stay in the shade, and arrange for regular checkups on family members, neighbours, and friends in case they may need help,” said Smith.  

Seniors, young children, those with chronic illnesses, the homeless, and those who work outdoors are the most vulnerable populations when it comes to high heat conditions. 

Peter Berry, senior policy analyst and senior advisor with Health Canada, spoke about the impact of high heat on health. “It’s important to recognize the signs of heat illness, such as dizziness, fainting, nausea, headache, unusually rapid breathing and heartbeat, or extreme thirst.” 

Aside from drinking water and using air conditioning, Berry also recommended closing curtains and blinds during the daytime, taking cool showers or baths, and preparing meals that do not need the oven.  

If you believe someone is experiencing heat stroke, that is an emergency, and medical attention should be sought. “If you witness someone with complete or partial loss of consciousness, who is confused, has a high body temperature, or has stopped sweating, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately,” advised Berry. 

As we get to the weekend, Saturday will see a high of 30 degrees with a 30 per cent chance of showers, with Sunday’s daytime high sitting at 29 degrees and sunny. 

No heat warning has reached Moose Jaw yet, but you can keep an eye on weather alerts here

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