Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the communities of Aklavik Region, Fort Good Hope Region, Inuvik Region, Norman Wells – Tulita Region and South Delta Region (including Ft. McPherson and Tsiigehtchic). Temperatures will be reaching near 29 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near the 14 degrees Celsius range beginning today. This heat wave is expected to persist until Thursday, July 22.
Exposure to extreme heat can result in heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat-stroke. Symptoms of heat-related illness include: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; headaches; rapid breathing; extreme thirst and decreased urination. People at higher risk of adverse health impacts include young children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses or on certain medications, and those who spend large amounts of time outdoors.
You can reduce your risk of heat-related illnesses by drinking lots of water and reducing heat-exposures by wearing loose-fitting and lightweight clothing (including a hat made of a breathable fabric), closing curtains and windows during the hottest hours, using air conditioners or fans, and scheduling outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day. Workers and their employers should develop plans to work safely.
People or pets should never be left inside a parked vehicle during high temperatures.
Residents and communities should check in regularly on those who are at a high risk of heat illness, especially the elderly. If you or someone you are with is feeling dizzy or disoriented due to the extreme heat, please seek medical attention immediately.
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