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"Potentially historic heat wave" prompts Environment Canada to issue heat warning

Last Updated Jun 24, 2021 at 4:41 pm MDT

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FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – Much of the province, including the Fort McMurray area, is in for a massive heat wave over the coming days.

It has prompted Environment Canada to issue a heat warning that currently covers the entire northern half of Alberta.

“A prolonged, dangerous, and potentially historic heat wave will begin Friday in Alberta and will last through next week,” reads the warning.

A high of 29C is forecast for Fort McMurray on Friday and by Wednesday, temperatures could reach 38C.

With lows between 16C and 19C, Environment Canada says there will be little to no reprieve from the heat and is reminding people to monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Things to keep an eye out for include high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

Infants, children, seniors, those who work outside, and individuals with some pre-existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable.

Environment Canada offers the following advice for the heat wave:

– Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
– Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time in cooled indoor spaces where possible.
– Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
– Check for your children or pets before you exit your vehicle. Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time.

More information can be found HERE.

Meantime, a fire advisory has been issued for the Fort McMurray Forest Area due to the unseasonably high temperatures and lack of humidity.

The wildfire danger around Fort McMurray is currently listed as HIGH, while it’s VERY HIGH in the Fort Chipewyan/Fort Smith area.

No new fire permits will be issued while the advisory is in effect.

There are currently two active but under control wildfires in the FMFA.