Hot and sunny this week; stay sun smart with these tips

Current North American temperatures as of 4:00pm July 2, 2013. Kate Gajdosik/WSI/Global Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – Like our beautiful, sunny and warm Canada Day long weekend, the first week of July will see the mercury climbing into the high 20s to low 30s.

Take care of yourselves, your children and pets (do not leave them in a vehicle that’s been baking in the sun) and check in on your elderly family and friends or those who may be ill. Extreme heat can have serious effects on those members of our community.

Stay hydrated; water is always the best option, and drink it even if you don’t feel thirsty. Once you start to feel parched, dehydration has already set in.

Close your homes up early in the morning if you don’t have air conditioning and wear hats outside to help shade yourself from the intense afternoon sun.

The UV index is 8 which means very high. Apply sunscreen before you go out and reapply throughout the afternoon.

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The dew points are in the upper teens which means our humidex values are high, making it feel warmer than it actually is and preventing you from cooling down as efficiently as you would if it were a day where the air was dry.

We waited a long time for the summer sun and the heat but now that it’s arrived, it’s important to remember that its intensity can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stress and heat stroke.

Have fun, enjoy this beautiful week ahead but make sure you have a plan in place to beat the heat.

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