July 15, 2017 8:19 pm

‘Oh it’s hot’: People battling the heat in Southern Saskatchewan

Construction workers in Regina try to push through the heat to get the job done.

Dave Parsons/ Global News

Country Thunder in Craven is a time to gather, party, listen to live music – and sweat buckets. Temperatures on Saturday reached a high of 30 degrees and festival attendees did everything they could to avoid overheating.

“I have definitely been drinking lots of water… Well trying to, it’s not going so well,” Amanda Horel said.

But while people at Country Thunder are there to have fun and can take a break when needed, the same cannot be said of construction workers over in Regina.

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The workers had no choice but to go about their jobs in the blazing sun.

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“We have to stay full dressed with all this gear, it’s hot, but we make do,” construction worker Brandon Krushelincki said.

“Our whole crew [complains about] it to everyone.”

Others took the day to catch up on personal maintenance, like mowing lawns or gardening.

 “Oh it’s hot… A breeze is nice, if you can get a breeze, but [this] year it’s hot,” gardener Hertha Shepp said.

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Back at Country Thunder, EMS have not yet responded to heat-related calls, but they are urging people to keep mindful of symptoms of being out in the sun too long.

“You start to feel tired, your body is sweaty, you may start to experience cramping or nausea or even vomiting. Some people complain about a headache. The more severe cases, you may become disoriented or even unconscious,” emergency services coordinator Belinda Mitchell said.

Although the forecast is calling for showers and maybe even thunderstorms Sunday, there isn’t much relief from the heat anytime soon. In the days ahead, we’re looking at highs of 30 degrees or at the very least, temperatures in the high 20s.

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