Environment and Climate Change Canada issued warnings for most of the province on Saturday morning, warning that daytime temperatures of 29 to 35 ° C are expected throughout the weekend. Fortunately, there will be slight repayments overnight with lows of 14 to 20 C expected.
Environment Canada said the warning was issued because high temperatures pose a high risk of illness such as heat stroke or exhaustion, and people should drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks from the heat. if possible.
Previous heatwaves this summer have seen temperature records broken, infrastructure damaged, the electrical system overloaded and emergency crews overwhelmed.
The City of Edmonton has activated its Extreme Weather Response, which aims to keep vulnerable people safe during the heat. The town’s recreation centers allow people to enter to cool off and will offer bottled water.
Smoke from forest fires is also a problem
Parts of the province, including Banff and Jasper National Parks, also continue to have special air quality declarations.
Smoke from wildfires comes from hundreds of fires in British Columbia and the Northwestern United States
The risk is expected to be moderate in much of the province throughout the weekend, but Environment Canada warns that air quality and visibility can vary significantly from hour to hour. Smoke contains a changing mixture of particles and gases, many of which are harmful to human or animal health.
An up-to-date list of weather alerts can be found on the government website.