It’s going to be a hot and humid next few days across much of Saskatchewan.
So much so, that Environment Canada has issued extreme heat warnings for central and southern portions of the province, including Regina and Moose Jaw.
Meteorologist David Baggaley said a ridge of high pressure can be blamed for the hot weather.
“That ridge is pushing a southerly flow of very hot and humid air into Saskatchewan, so with that we are looking at temperatures over 30 degrees, we’re also getting very high humidity pushing in at the same time,” Baggaley said.
The “humidex” is expected to climb into the low 40’s because of this, reaching 40 degrees in Regina on Friday.
Baggaley added that means severe thunderstorms are also a possibility, especially in the northern grainbelt and central parkland regions.
“We can probably expect that, but more in the central part of Saskatchewan,” he said. “With that we’ll probably be putting out some watches and warnings later in the afternoon and Friday night as those thunderstorms develop,” Baggaley continued.
With the recent heat wave in central Canada causing 34 deaths in Quebec, St. Johns Ambulance is also reminding people to be safe this weekend.
Leonard Rostotski with St. Johns Ambulance said to there are plenty of ways to keep safe in this heat while still enjoying it.
“Replenishing yourself with lots of water, and consuming electrolyte drinks like Gatorade, those are going to be important things,” he said. “Stay in the shade, the sun is going to burn you quickly, you don’t even know it when you start getting burnt and things like that,” Rostotski said.
Signs and symptoms of head exhaustion and heat stroke can include excessive sweating, fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breathe and lethargy.
Regina is expected to climb to a high of 33C on Friday but feel more like 40C with the “”humidex” factored in.
(Files from Brandon Graziano)