A major heatwave, perhaps even record-setting, will be hitting the Border City area next week, Environment Canada says.

The prolonged and dangerous heat is expected to roll in over the weekend across Alberta and last all week. Temperatures will be in the 30s over the weekend and could roll up into the 40s in some regions by early in the week.

There will also be little reprieve from the heat, the weather service notes, with nighttime temperatures still lingering in the 15 to 20-degree ranges. The extended heat could lead to an increase in related illness, and some groups are at a higher risk.

These groups include 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.

Residents are advised to take health precautions for themselves and others, including drinking lots of water, checking for kids and pets in cars and not leaving anyone in there for extended periods, making sure no one is left in there for any period of time.

People should also consider taking more breaks indoors whenever possible, scheduling activities for later, cooler times and monitoring for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

A full list of affected locations in our area is listed below.

  • Beaver Co. near Viking and Kinsella
  • City of Lloydminster.
  • Co. of Minburn near Innisfree Lavoy and Ranfurly
  • Co. of Minburn near Minburn and Mannville
  • Co. of Two Hills near Myrnam and Derwent
  • Co. of Two Hills near Two Hills and Brosseau
  • Co. of Vermilion River near Dewberry and Clandonald
  • Co. of Vermilion River near Islay and McNabb Sanctuary
  • Co. of Vermilion River near Kitscoty and Marwayne
  • Co. of Vermilion River near Paradise Valley
  • Co. of Vermilion River near Tulliby Lake
  • Co. of Vermilion River near Vermilion
  • Flagstaff Co. near Alliance and Bellshill Lake
  • Flagstaff Co. near Killam and Sedgewick
  • Flagstaff Co. near Lougheed and Hardisty
  • M.D. of Provost near Czar Metiskow and Cadogan
  • M.D. of Provost near Hughenden Amisk and Kessler
  • M.D. of Provost near Provost and Hayter
  • M.D. of Wainwright near Chauvin Dillberry Lake and Roros
  • M.D. of Wainwright near Edgerton and Koroluk Landslide
  • M.D. of Wainwright near Irma
  • M.D. of Wainwright near Wainwright