SASKATOON – Parts of Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon and Regina were under a heat warning on Thursday.
Environment Canada says hot, humid conditions pushed humidex values into the 40’s Thursday afternoon.
Those at greatest risk from heat illness are older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, those working or exercising outdoors, people without air conditioning and homeless people.
“Extremely hot summer weather increases the risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke,” said Dr. Denise Werker, Saskatchewan’s deputy chief medical health officer.
“The majority of heat-related illnesses can be prevented by keeping the body cool and by remaining hydrated.”
Tips to avoid heat-related complications include:
- drinking plenty of water
- avoiding strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day
- wearing light-coloured, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and a hat
- taking frequent breaks in the shade, visiting a mall or other air conditioned facility to cool down
- cooling off by taking a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
- avoiding the consumption of coffee, colas, and alcohol as those tend to dehydrate the body
Conditions are expected to ease into the evening.
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