With a slight heatwave expected during the early part of this week, many will want to head outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. 

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, local areas south around Leader could experience temperatures in the low to mid-30s.

However, as the mercury rises, it does come with health risks such as dehydration and heat stroke. 

“Heat is not a joke. It may seem like it’s really nice to go out, but if it’s extremely hot, it can be dangerous to your health,” said Medical Health Officer Dr. David Torr. 

Some of the symptoms that you might be suffering from dehydration or heat stroke can include dizziness, lightheaded, heart starts racing. Torr added it can be particularly dangerous once a person starts losing consciousness.  

The upcoming heat likely won't trigger a warning. Still, Torr said it is also surprising how quickly symptoms can kick in. 

“It could be shorter than you think. It may not be an hour before you get symptoms. You could have it in less than half an hour, depending on how much exposure, how hydrated you are, the kind of clothing you’re wearing, all those are really key factors,” Torr said. 

Once you are feeling off or unwell you should take precautions such as seeking a cool spot and seek medical attention if needed. 

Other precautions you can take include minimizing your time in a hot environment, wearing light clothing, and staying hydrated. 

A hot environment can include inside your home. If you don’t have air conditioning, find a cool spot in the house such as the basement. If not, find a place where you are ensured to have air conditioning such as a store or civic facility. 

You can also help others by checking on friends and family with medical conditions or the elderly as they may not be in a position to help themselves.