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Cochrane to feel the heat Monday

'Extremely hot ' temperatures of up to 35 C expected until at least mid-week in Airdrie - Cochrane - Olds – Sundre area and the Red Deer - Ponoka - Innisfail – Stettler area
A portion of Environment Canada's map showing alerts on Monday, July 8. Screenshot

Environment Canada issued a heat warning Monday morning for much of Alberta including in the Airdrie - Cochrane - Olds – Sundre area and the Red Deer - Ponoka - Innisfail – Stettler area.

“Extremely hot temperatures of 30 C to 35 C combined with overnight lows of 14 C or greater are expected until at least mid-week,” the July 8 warning states.

"Daytime highs will gradually increase to near 35 degrees Celsius by Wednesday for many regions of Alberta."

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.

Environment Canada  meteorologists says overnight lows in the mid-teens will not provide much relief from the heat.
Residents of and visitors to the warned regions are advised to take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours:

• 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.

• Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

• Pay particular attention to individuals that can experience earlier or more severe effects from heat including infants, children, seniors, and individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.

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