The heat wave continues for Regina and the surrounding areas.
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a heat warning for the city since we’re expecting highs around 33 degrees over the next two days.
This is just in time as thousands of people get ready to flood into Mosaic Stadium for the Labour Day Classic against rivals the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“Wide open, wall-to-wall sunshine, no winds. In fact, as the game starts at kickoff it’ll be more like calm winds,” says Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips.
He says that wearing appropriate clothing like loose-fitting tank tops and shorts will be essential because it will likely feel even hotter in the stands.
“A little hot in the stands with that full house, all those people, all the body heat. I mean besides nature’s heat, it’ll be a hot one in the stadium,” says Phillips.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose a higher risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Signs and symptoms of heat illnesses can include dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark urine.
Residents are reminded to drink plenty of water even before feeling thirsty and it’s best to stay in a cool place.
The sunshine and heat are at their peak during midday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
To avoid potentially dangerous heat exposure, it’s best to try to schedule outdoor activities outside of that timeframe.
During the heat wave, the City of Regina has tips on beating the heat for residents who won’t be at the game. This is the last weekend that the city’s splash pads and outdoor pools will be open and it’s a great refuge from the heat.
People are also encouraged to flag down city buses if they are not feeling well. City fire halls will also be offering cold water to people out front.