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Extreme heat warnings for Regina and most of Sask.

Extreme heat warnings for Regina and most of Sask.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada are warning of extreme heat expected in Saskatchewan later this week.

“It’s pretty blanketed across the province,” ECCC meteorologist Jennifer Smith said. “You’re going to see 30 degrees Celsius in most places.”

The highest temperatures are expected in the south of the province on Wednesday and Thursday.

Smith thinks some daily heat records could be broken, especially in communities closer to the Canada-US border.

“Moose Jaw could get close to 36 degrees. Regina could get closer to 34 (degrees) as the high for the event,” she said. “There is a chance for records to be broken.”

Due to the rainy spring and early summer, meteorologists expect humidity to amplify the effects of the heat.

“A high, humid environment makes it harder for the body to cool down,” Smith said.

“It probably won’t be the humid conditions that we experienced in the East a couple of weeks ago during that heat wave,” she added. “But it will certainly be humid for the Prairies.”

The humidex can withstand temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius.

As heavy smoke continues to hang over northern British Columbia and Alberta, Health Canada is advising older adults, young children and people with chronic illnesses to take extra precautions when outdoors.

“Extreme heat and smoke from bushfires can both pose serious health risks,” said Peter Berry.

Berry gave some tips to reduce the risk of heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. At 40 degrees Celsius, these illnesses can develop in less than 15 minutes.

“Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, before you get thirsty,” he said. “And stay cool.”

Regina has several designated cold storage areas located throughout the city.

Examples include All Nations Hope, Carmichael Outreach, Newo-Yotina Friendship Centre, and Queen City Wellness Pharmacy.

Various city buildings, water playgrounds and all public libraries are also welcome for people looking for a place to cool off.

“It’s really important that people have access to water, shade and try not to overexert themselves when it’s 35 degrees,” said Mayor Sandra Masters.

ECCC expects temperatures to return to summer levels next week.