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Heat warning issued for southern Manitoba

The water park will likely be a choice place to cool down as southern Manitoba deals with extreme heat Wednesday and Thursday.
The water park will likely be a choice place to cool down as southern Manitoba deals with extreme heat Wednesday and Thursday. Lorraine Nickel / Global News

WINNIPEG – Southern Manitoba could post Canada’s hottest temperatures Thursday. The region is under a heat warning as the humidex is forecast to near 40 Wednesday and reach the low 40s Thursday.

A southern strip of the province is under the warning from Environment Canada. Areas affected are:

  • Winnipeg;
  • Brandon, Carberry, Treherne;
  • Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild, Carman;
  • Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita, Richer;
  • Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands, Eriksdale;
  • Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris;
  • Virden, Souris;
  • Melita, Boissevain, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park;
  • Killarney, Pilot Mound, Manitou;
  • Dugald, Beausejour, Grand Beach;
  • Bissett, Nopiming Provincial Park, Pine Falls;
  • Whiteshell, Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa; and
  • Sprague and Northwest Angle Provincial Forest.

Hot and increasingly humid air will bring the temperatures to the low- to mid-30s Wednesday and Thursday, the advisory said. Humidex values aren’t expected to go much lower than 30 Wednesday night.

Older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses, people who work or exercise in the heat and those without access to air conditioning, including the homeless, are most at risk of heat illnesses. Environment Canada’s warning also includes a reminder to never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

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Carmen, Man., was the second hottest place in the country Tuesday, with a high of 32.8 C. Estevan, Sask., was hottest with a high of 32.9 C.

The heat is forecast to end when a cold front brings showers and thunderstorms Friday, which will be followed by cooler weather on the weekend and next week, the weather agency said.