Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Fort Providence Region (including Kakisa), Fort Simpson Region (including Jean Marie River), Inuvik Region, South Delta Region (including Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic), Thebacha Region (including Fort Smith), and Wrigley Region. Within the next day, temperatures will be reaching or exceeding 29 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows of 17 to 20 degrees Celsius. This heat wave is expected to begin on June 24 and last until middle of next week for most communities.
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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