A heat warning is now in effect for Airdrie and the surrounding area.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) report that extremely warm temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows of 14 degrees Celsius or greater are expected until at least midweek.

"A building upper ridge will bring extremely warm temperatures to Alberta beginning on Sunday. Daytime high temperatures of nearly 30 degrees Celsius on Sunday will gradually increase to nearly 35 degrees Celsius by Wednesday for many regions of Alberta. Overnight lows in the mid-teens will not provide much relief from the heat," stated ECCC.

Here are some precautions from ECCC that are recommended for residents to follow.

  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time in cooled indoor spaces where possible.
  • Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
  • Check for your children or pets before you exit your vehicle. Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time.

"Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness."

Pay particular attention to individuals who can experience earlier or more severe effects from heat including infants, children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.

"Heat warnings are issued when very high-temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion."

As of today, Airdrie and Calgary have reduced their water restrictions from level four to three.

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