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Temperatures above 30 degrees expected in Alberta and most of Saskatchewan

Temperatures above 30 degrees expected in Alberta and most of Saskatchewan
Temperatures above 30 degrees expected in Alberta and most of Saskatchewan

Heat warnings have been issued across Alberta and much of central and northern Saskatchewan.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures in the two Prairie provinces will reach at least 30 degrees Celsius, while in some parts of Alberta temperatures will even reach 35 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

Major cities set to be hit by the extreme heat include Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon.

CityNews visited City Hall Plaza on Monday, where families enjoyed the water to beat the heat.

Edmonton families head to City Hall Plaza to escape the heat. (Photo: Hiba Kamal-Choufi, CityNews)

“I love the weather. It’s amazing,” said one Edmonton resident.

“I think just coming here and enjoying and having fun with the kids is the way to go.”

Edmonton families head to City Hall Plaza to escape the heat. (Photo: Hiba Kamal-Choufi, CityNews)

But not everyone agreed completely. Another Edmontonian said, “I think it’s a little too warm, but if we have water, it’s totally fine.”

“I’m about to go to sleep in the basement. We have fans, but that’s not the best thing in this heat.”

Much heat is also expected in southern Saskatchewan, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees in Regina all week.

“This warm spell is likely to continue into next week, particularly across southern British Columbia and the Prairie provinces,” explained Jennifer Smith, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

High temperature warnings have been issued in many parts of British Columbia in recent days.

Temperatures could rise above 40 degrees this week in parts of British Columbia’s southern interior and the Northeast, according to Environment Canada.

Edmonton families head to City Hall Plaza to escape the heat. (Photo: Hiba Kamal-Choufi, CityNews)

The City of Edmonton has activated the Extreme Weather Emergency Measure to protect vulnerable people from extreme heat. Additional water stations and cooling areas have been added to recreation centres.

There are water bottle stations throughout the city, including 24 in transit centers and LRT stations.

“I know it’s going to be a hot week so we’ll try to find a balance between some shade and some vitamin D.”