Heat Warning for Edmonton: Extreme Temperatures Ahead

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Heat Warning

EDMONTON – A heat warning has been issued for Edmonton and surrounding regions, with extremely hot temperatures expected to persist until at least mid-week. As of 6:00 AM MDT, the temperature was 13.7°C with a dew point of 10.2°C and a humidity level of 79%, observed at Edmonton Blatchford. The pressure stands at 101.7 kPa and is steady.

Current Conditions

Currently, the temperature is cool at 14°C, with calm winds and local smoke in the air. As the day progresses, the temperature is set to rise significantly, reaching a high of 29°C with a humidex of 30. The UV index will be high at 7, necessitating sun protection.

Heat Warning Details

Daytime highs are expected to be near 30°C today and will gradually increase, reaching close to 35°C by Wednesday. Overnight lows will remain in the mid-teens, providing little relief from the heat. The forecast indicates clear skies and persistent local smoke early this evening.

Weather Forecast

Tonight: The skies will remain clear with local smoke early in the evening and a low of 16°C.

Monday, 8 July: Expect sunny conditions with a high of 31°C. The UV index will again be high at 7. The night will be clear with a low of 18°C.

Tuesday, 9 July: The day will be sunny with temperatures rising to a high of 33°C. The night will remain clear with a low of 22°C.

Wednesday, 10 July: Sunny conditions will continue with a high reaching 34°C. The night will be clear with a low of 18°C.

Precautionary Measures

Residents and visitors in the warned regions should take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors:

  • Reschedule outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks from the heat by spending time in cooled indoor spaces.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages.
  • Always check for children or pets before exiting your vehicle. Never leave anyone inside a closed vehicle for any length of time.
  • Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

Particular attention should be paid to individuals more vulnerable to heat, including infants, children, seniors, those with pre-existing health conditions, outdoor workers, and those who are socially isolated.

Historical Weather

Historically, Edmonton has experienced extreme temperature variations, but sustained high temperatures such as these are notable for their potential impact on health and daily activities.

Wardrobe Suggestions

Lightweight, breathable clothing is essential during this heat wave. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats will help protect against the high UV index. Staying in the shade and using fans or air conditioning when indoors can help mitigate the heat.

Weather Trivia

Edmonton is known as “The Gateway to the North” due to its position as a staging point for resource extraction in Northern Canada. This nickname underscores the city’s role in connecting northern communities and industries.

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