Be Cool. “Heat Warnings” Cover All of Saskatchewan

After a pretty much wet spring and early summer, the heat is being dialed up.

The entire province of Saskatchewan is blanketed in a “Heat Warning” issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The warnings are issued when daytime highs exceed 32 degrees, and lows don’t drop below 16 degrees.

Temperatures in Regina will be near 33 degrees for the next couple of days. Humidity is also playing a role in pushing the temperatures a little higher.

The health risks are greater for older adults, infants and young children, pregnant people, people with physical and/or mental illnesses, and people with disabilities or mobility issues.

Here are some tips from Environment Canada:

Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Drink plenty of water regularly, even before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

If you are in an overheated area, seek a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, splash pad, misting station, or air-conditioned spot like a public building. Limit direct sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat and/or an umbrella.

Never leave people, particularly children, or pets inside a parked vehicle. Watch for early signs of heat illness (feeling unwell, fatigue, thirst, headache) as these can rapidly evolve into life-threatening emergencies. Move to a cooler environment immediately, such as a shaded or air-conditioned space.

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