A heat warning was issued for parts of northern and central Alberta on Monday afternoon, including for the city of Edmonton.
The warning was issued shortly after 3:30 p.m. by Environment Canada.
“Heat Warnings are issued when very high temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion,” the weather agency said.
According to Environment Canada, the areas under the warning are expected to see temperatures reach up to 29 C in the day and only drop down to a low of 14 C beginning on Tuesday and lasting into Thursday night.
On Thursday morning, the warning was lifted for the city of Edmonton and by evening, the heat warnings had been dropped in all other parts of the province.
Temperatures are expected to drop slightly on Friday.
“This is the first heat warning that has been issued for us this year,” Global Edmonton meteorologist Tina Simpkin said. “Heat warnings for the Capital Region are issued when temperatures are expected to be near 29 degrees during the day and stay above 14 degrees at night.”
Environment Canada advised people living in areas under a heat warning to try and reschedule outdoor activities to cooler times of day, take frequent breaks from the heat and spend time in cooled buildings or pools, stay hydrated and avoid leaving people or pets in closed vehicles for any length of time.
Signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion can include high body temperature, a lack of sweat, confusion, dizziness and even falling unconscious. For more information on how to be cautious amid hot temperatures, click here.
Edmonton is on pace to break a record for the most days in May the city has recorded above 25 C. As of May 22, 2018, Edmonton has seen nine days reach 25 C or higher this month.
The last time Edmonton saw this many days above 25 C in May was back in 1961.
With temperatures forecast above 25 C through the week, Edmonton will likely break this record, according to Global Edmonton chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer.
For a complete list of areas in Alberta that are under a weather warning, watch or advisory, click here.
Watch below: On May 20, 2018, Albert Delitala filed this report about Edmontonians enjoying the Victoria Day long weekend by heading outdoors to enjoy the heat.
In Edmonton, prolonged hot and dry conditions prompted officials to issue a fire ban for the city last week.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said the ban prohibits open burning, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves and barbecues that use fuels such as wood and briquettes.
Gas and propane barbecues are still permitted during the fire ban, provided they are properly located and supervised.
Watch below: The May long weekend is the unofficial start of summer for many but hot and dry conditions and a fire plan mean a change in plans for some Edmontonians. Albert Delitala reports.
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