Humboldt and the surrounding area are in for the first heat way of the summer according to the Environment Canada.
The forecast shows temperatures in the low 30s but humidex also lingering in the 30s.
Terri Lang with Environment and Climate Change Canada explains what we can expect over this week,
"Well, we have a big ridge of upper high pressure that's building into Western Canada and that will start bringing the heat into the northern grain belt. Looks like starting Tuesday, mostly into Wednesday temperatures getting towards that 30-degree mark, but more importantly, the humidex values are also starting to creep into those low 30s as well. Looks like there will be a bit of a reprieve on Thursday. As there's a cold front coming through on late Wednesday, it's probably going to bring some severe weather and a little bit cooler temperatures, but then the temperatures will start climbing again Friday, Saturday and into Sunday, and we are expecting temperatures and humidex values into the low 30s."
A heat warning might be possible during this time frame, but the criteria may not be met.
Some suggestions from Lang on what to do to avoid too much heat.
"Well, a lot of people kind of get caught off guard by the heat sometimes, so just know that we are forecasting some heat. So that means staying hydrated, avoiding the hot sun times, which is you know late morning to early middle of the afternoon. The highest temperatures actually come later on in the day, usually around four or five in the afternoon. But avoiding those times, seeking shade where you can, trying to find cool places, and cooling off when you can. "
Derek Dagenais with Humboldt EMS echoes those cautions. Exposure to the heat is the number one consideration
"Limit your time in the sun and limit the work in those environments. People have to take into consideration that humidity actually adds to the issue. The body doesn't sweat and offload heat very well in high humidity space."
Dagenais also cautions that some individuals are at greater risk when it comes to heat exposure.
"Kids are a concern because they can develop heat exhaustion much quicker than healthy adults. And also, the elderly because their medications can interact with these types of situations."
Hydration is another key element to staying safe in the sun. Water is best according to Dagenais. While sports drinks may be fine, children drinking them may feel ill effects due to the mineral contents.
Other keys provided by the Saskatchewan Health Authority include
- wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and light clothing.
- keeping the home environment cool.
- Windows exposed to the sun should be closed during the day.
- ensure that no one, regardless of age, or no pet is left alone in a stationary vehicle for any length of time.
Dagenais reminds us of the key signs of heat exhaustion, starting with fatigue, muscle cramps, or dizziness. Over sweating can also be an indicator, but Dagenais points out that cessation of sweating is even more alarming.
"What can actually happen is that hot, red skin can actually stop sweating and that's a really detrimental sign that it's important to seek treatment at that point."
Enjoy your time in the warm weather but be sure to do so safely.
The full forecast can be found here.