Saskatchewan Examiner

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Saskatoon has been under a heat alert

The city of Saskatoon is under an extreme heat warning

Key Takeaways:

  • Environment Canada has warned about high heat for western Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon.
  • The city advises residents to drink enough water, seek a cool interior location, take breaks from physical exertion, and stay inside during the warmest times of the day.

Western Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, is under an excessive heat warning from Environment Canada.

The warning states that a surface ridge of high pressure from the Northwest U.S. slowly advances into the western prairies, causing a protracted spell of hot and humid weather.

Environment Canada predicts warm overnight lows of around 16 C and daytime highs of close to 32 C.

Swift Current to Saskatoon, Prince Albert, The Battlefords, Meadow Lake, and La Loche are all in the warning range.

According to Environment Canada, “heat warnings are issued when extremely high temperatures or humidity levels are likely to pose a significant risk of heat diseases, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.”

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Young children, expectant mothers, elderly persons with chronic conditions, and those who go out or exercise outside are at higher risk.

Before the sweltering temperatures return for the weekend, Thursday is predicted to offer a small respite from the heat.

In a news release, the City of Saskatoon stated that it had activated its response plan to assist citizens, particularly those susceptible to the heat.

The press release stated that the Saskatoon Extreme Heat Response Plan would continue to have a coordinated response to provide cooling places, wellness checks, and water bottle distribution for residents who are experiencing homelessness.

Saskatoon under extreme heat warning
 The city of Saskatoon is under an extreme heat warning. iHeartRadio

“This year, more partners have joined the Extreme Heat Response Plan, and more are still being sought. These additional partners will coordinate efforts to assist elderly Saskatoon citizens who live in private homes and may be more at risk during extreme heat episodes.”

The city advises inhabitants to stay hydrated, seek a cooler interior space, limit their physical activity, and stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day.

People who work outside need to take more breaks from the sun and change their duties to prevent heat illness.

Animals might never be left in parked cars for an extended period, and owners should hold an eye out for symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Source: CTV News

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