Heat warning in effect for Northeast Saskatchewan

By Aaron Schulze
July 6, 2018 - 12:00pm

Environment Canada put a heat warning in effect for Northeast Saskatchewan Friday, covering an area which includes Melfort, Nipawin, and Tisdale.

Maximum daily temperatures are expected to reach 29 degrees until July 7, with high-20s lingering into next week.

Jason Everitt, the City of Melfort’s Fire Chief, encouraged residents to be aware of their outdoor activities, neighbours, and any children or pets in vehicles.

“We don’t want to see any injuries result as a component of a warm day,” Everitt said.

Some of the tips Environment Canada has for dealing with the heat include taking regular breaks from the heat, rescheduling outdoor activities until cooler hours of the day, staying hydrated, and being aware of signs of heat stress such as lack of sweat, confusion, and fainting.

Everitt said as humidity drops due to heat, small fires can grow rapidly and be difficult to fight. He asked residents to be careful when lighting fires during the heat wave.

 

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