Extreme heat results in advisories in Southern Saskatchewan

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While the Southwest was enduring one of the hottest days of the summer, other portions of Saskatchewan were placed under Heat Warnings with humidex values approaching 40 during the afternoon.

At 2 p.m. Mankota was unofficially Saskatchewan's hot spot at 34 Celsius and the humidex was a sweltering 36.

Environment Canada issued a Heat Warning for South Central and Southeast Saskatchewan for the afternoon hours, advising that daytime highs of 30 to 33 Celsius would be accompanied by humidex values approach 40.

The Saskatchewan government also issued a press advisory remaining the public to protect themselves from heat exposure. Individuals most at risk for experiencing complications are children under age four, elderly, obese persons and persons with chronic diseases. They also advised that exercising during hot weather, working outdoors, and overdressing for the environment increase your risk of heat-related illness. Drinking alcohol also increases your risk of dehydration.

Tips to avoid heat-related complications:

- Drink plenty of water.

- Avoid strenuous activity in hot, humid weather or during the hottest part of the day (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

- When outside, wear light-coloured, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and a hat, preferably with a wide brim.

- Take frequent breaks in the shade, visit a mall or other air conditioned facility to cool down.

- Cool yourself off by taking a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.

- Avoid consumption of coffee, colas, and alcohol as they tend to dehydrate the body.

People living in non-air conditioned homes are reminded to open their windows at night and close the windows and blinds early in the morning to maintain a cooler environment. At night, homeowners can use a fan in or near a window to blow heat out of their homes and draw cooler air in from other windows. Never leave children in a parked car.

For more information on extreme heat and human health and heat-related illnesses, visit the Ministry of Health's website at www.health.gov.sk.ca/extreme-heat-and-human-health and HealthLine Online at www.health.gov.sk.ca/healthline-online. Call HealthLine 8-1-1 for professional advice anytime.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Ministry of Health

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Southern Saskatchewan, Mankota

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