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Heat warning in effect for Medicine Hat area

By Medicine Hat News on July 5, 2018.

NEWS FILE PHOTO A young Hatter tries to stay cool at Strathcona Island Park in this file photo from August 2017. Environment Canada is forecasting an entire week of temperatures in the 30s beginning July 5, 2018.

A heat warning is in effect and Alberta Health Services (AHS) advises you to take precautions.

Environment Canada is forecasting almost an entire week of temperatures in the 30s. Thursday (today) 32 C, Friday 37 C, Saturday, 30 C, Sunday 29 C, Monday 35 C, Tuesday 31 C and Wednesday 31 C. The highest temperature recorded on this day was 37 C in 2007. The lowest was 6.1 C in 2012.

If you can, it is a good idea to reschedule outdoor activities to cooler times of the day. Make a point of taking lots of breaks away from the heat by spending time in an air conditioned building. Drink lots of water and other non-alcoholic beverages so that you stay hydrated.

It is never a good idea to leave a person or animal in a vehicle but it becomes even more critical in this weather.

Apply a sunscreen, of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure the SPF screens out both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply frequently (as directed on product label), says AHS.

This is the sort of weather where you need a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with a UVA/UVB CSA certified seal.

AHS advises you to wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants that cover skin.

As temperatures soar into the 30s there is the possibility of heat stroke. Symptoms include: High body temperature, lack of sweat, disorientation, fainting, unconsciousness.

While awaiting medical attention it is important to move the individual to a shaded area. Remove his or her outer clothing and shoes. Wrap themĀ  in a wet towel until medical care is being provided.

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