UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10 2024, 7:30 AM

The heat warning is still on for the region as of Wednesday morning, and some smoke seems to be lingering around as well. A south wind could help in both regards today, but it's looking like another toasty day in general around west-central.

Wednesday is projecting to be the hottest day of the week with a high of 34, and the nighttime low is only expected to drop to 18. 

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Cooler temperatures — still above +25 — are still on track by the weekend. The potential for severe weather could follow as well. 

ORIGINAL: Tuesday, July 09 2024, 6:00 AM

After the smoke made for a special weather statement from Environment Canada on Monday, the prairies are officially joining the heat wave passing through with highs above 32, and lows around 16 in the forecast for the next few days.

Preparing for the long week ahead, the official heat warning label was applied at 4:34 AM on Tuesday morning. 

Screenshot 2024-07-09 070905.png A heat warning has been triggered for most of Alberta, and now Saskatchewan (Screengrab via weather.gc.ca)

The heat warning was triggered thanks to highs this week in the low-to-mid thirties, joined by nighttime lows only dropping down to 16. Various winds will be the only relief during the week, before things start to cool down overall into the weekend.

Just like the smoke, extreme heat can target vulnerable individuals. According to the Environment Canada statement, the health risks are greater for older adults, infants and young children. That's also the case for anyone who is pregnant, has a physical and/or mental illness, and also people with disabilities or mobility issues. Medical assistance is available 24/7 by dialing HealthLine 811.

Environment Canada also listed a few different forms of heat illnesses. Symptoms people can watch out for in general concerning the extreme heat include swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Drinking lots of water and getting your fair amount of shade is always a good recipe on days like today. Thirst is typically a good indicator of being hydrated, but in this weather you are better off maintaining consistent hydration throughout the day no matter what. If staying home, view some tips below from Environment Canada on how to keep your home cool while remaining energy efficient. 

It's important to limit sun exposure in general, especially when it gets to the hottest part of the day. If possible always try to find a cool place, and wear appropriate clothing to limit direct sun contact. If working in the sun, watch for the symptoms above closely, and make sure to take regular breaks along with maintaining consistent hydration.

Tuesday through Thursday looks like the warmest stretch. Take the tips above into consideration, and stay cool west-central.