Heat wave continues in Edmonton and surrounding area

Athletes competing in the heat at the WIN Indigenous Nations Games in Enoch, Alberta, Saturday, July 8, 2017. Sarah Kraus, Global News

The start of the weekend has brought with it continuing high temperatures to the capital region and much of Alberta.

A heat warning remained in effect on Saturday for the City of Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park, as well as southern and eastern Alberta.

READ MORE: Edmonton under heat warning as hot summer weather arrives

Environment Canada first issued a heat warning on Thursday. Heat warnings are issued in central and northern Alberta when two or more consecutive days of 29 C or more are expected, and overnight lows don’t fall cooler than 14 C.

On Saturday, the expected high was 29 C and the UV index was at 8-10, which is categorized as “very high.”

It’s recommended children, the elderly and those vulnerable to the sun do not remain outside for extended periods.Those who stay outside too long face a risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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Everyone is encouraged to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.

On Friday, Edmonton set a new high for temperature on July 7 as the city reached 30 C.

READ MORE: Alberta heat warnings creep farther north with temperatures set to soar 

The heat has a lot of people turning to air conditioners and fans for relief, which is boosting power consumption.

Alberta Electric System Operator, the agency that oversees the province’s electrical system, said Albertans set a new summer record on Friday for power consumption at just over 10,800 megawatts.

However, there are no concerns about power supply in the province and it still wasn’t the biggest consumption day ever, which was over 11,000 megawatts.

READ MORE: Now-resolved central Edmonton power outage caused by equipment failure: EPCOR

EPCOR said the heat wave had nothing to do with Friday’s power outage near downtown Edmonton.


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