With heat swarming the province, the Saskatchewan health authority is warning people who work outside to take care of themselves.
High’s of 38 and 35 are expected over the next couple of days, which can be dangerously high for people who stay outside for long periods of time.
Dr. Maurice Hennink with the Saskatchewan Health Authority said the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke is high.
“With heat exhaustion it starts off as heavy sweating and extreme tiredness. People are obviously complaining of having a headache, nausea, and they vomit. They feel very weak, have muscle cramps, and so on. And they usually, at that point in time, are feeling that they cannot do that much work, if not anymore.”
Dr. Hennink said farmers should also take precautions.
“(To ensure that) they are not alone out in the prairie, but rather that somebody is aware where they are at all times, and that they are in contact with somebody, almost like a buddy-system by distance, making sure that they’re okay, that they don’t suddenly have a problem, that they aren’t pretty far out in the fields, so to speak.”
Add the heat to the air quality conditions outdoors, and Dr. Hennink adds it’s best for people with trouble breathing should stay indoors as much as possible until the smoke clears.