An Environment Canada heat warning has been issued for Lloydminster and the surrounding area.
The warning comes as temperatures are expected to climb over 29 degrees Celsius with high UV indexes as well. The heat is anticipated to spread across more regions of Northern Alberta as well over the next few days.
In response, Environment Canada is advising everyone to take precautions to protect themselves, their families and their social circle. Steps include:
- 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.
Also, Environment Canada recommends keeping an eye out for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
These symptoms can include high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.
While everyone can face risks from the heat, especially vulnerable are 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.