Heat wave in Western Canada extends to Saskatchewan, then Manitoba

Heat wave in Western Canada extends to Saskatchewan, then Manitoba
Heat wave in Western Canada extends to Saskatchewan, then Manitoba

Weather conditions in British Columbia have moved east over the past few days

A scorching heat wave is sweeping across Western Canada today, bringing record temperatures and the threat of wildfires in Saskatchewan.

Jennifer Smith, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, reports that a high pressure system moved into British Columbia from Northern California over the weekend and entered the Northwest Territories and Alberta on Monday.

She says the heat will reach Manitoba on Wednesday and possibly cross the northwestern Ontario border before moving south again into the United States.

Smith says they are watching for things that could lead to wildfires: hot, dry conditions, wind and lightning without rain, something that is already in the forecast for parts of British Columbia.

Another heat wave has pushed temperatures above freezing in Atlantic Canada and parts of Ontario.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall is expected in areas of southern Ontario and Quebec as Environment Canada has issued special weather statements warning that the remnants of Hurricane Beryl could bring rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm per hour starting tonight or tomorrow.

Dozens of heat warnings or advisories have been issued in Saskatchewan, with Health Canada warning of the risks that extreme heat can bring.

According to Peter Berry of Health Canada, heatstroke is a “medical emergency” that can lead to long-term health problems or death. People should stay up-to-date on local weather forecasts while also monitoring vulnerable populations.

“If you witness someone who is completely or partially unconscious, confused, has a high body temperature or has stopped sweating, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately,” he said.

While waiting for emergency services, they should try to cool the person down with cold water and fan him or her, he says.

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