Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the communities of Fort Liard Region (including Nahanni Butte – Sambaa K’e), Fort Simpson Region (including Jean Marie River) and Wrigley Region. Within the next day, temperatures will be reaching or exceeding 29 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near 14 to 16 degrees Celsius range. This heat wave is expected to occur for the next three (3) days.
Exposure to extreme heat can result in heat-related illnesses such as heat-stroke. Symptoms 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 to extreme heat exposure by wearing loose-fitting light weight clothing, staying hydrated, closing curtains and windows during the hottest hours, using air conditioners or fans, and scheduling outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day.
Children, impaired adults or pets should never be left inside a parked vehicle during high temperatures.
If you or someone you are with is feeling dizzy or disoriented due to the extreme heat, please seek medical attention.
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