Heat warning issued for Calgary and Southern Alberta
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 5:53AM MDT
Last Updated Friday, July 14, 2017 2:14PM MDT
Things are starting to heat up again in Southern Alberta and Environment Canada has posted a heat warning to make people aware of the very high temperature conditions in Calgary and surrounding communities.
The agency issues a heat advisory whenever daily temperatures exceed 29 C and overnight temperatures remain above 14 C.
Those conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses such at heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Officials with Environment Canada say in order to protect yourself from the heat, you should take the following under consideration:
- Reschedule outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day
- Take frequent breaks from the heat if you need to be outside
- Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated
- Do not leave any person or animal inside a closed vehicle for any amount of time
Environment Canada says, children, seniors and those with pre-existing conditions are particularly at risk in these conditions.
As for conditions at the Calgary Stampede, paramedics say they were prepared to deal with an increased number of heat strokes because of the heat last weekend.
For the final weekend, EMS says they have had fewer heat stroke calls than expected so they hope that means people have been taking their advice.
The hot conditions are expected to remain in place until Sunday.