Edmonton Swelters Under Prolonged Heat Warning

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Heat Warning

As of 4:00 AM MDT on Thursday, July 11, 2024, Edmonton is experiencing warm early morning temperatures at 22.4°C. The dew point is 18.1°C, leading to a humidity level of 77%. Winds are coming from the NNE at 8 km/h, and the barometric pressure is 100.6 kPa and rising. The current humidex is 28, indicating a muggy start to the day.

Heat Warning in Effect

Prolonged Heat Forecast

Edmonton is in the midst of a long-duration heat event, with temperatures expected to reach a high of 31°C today. Humidex values will peak at 32°C, making it feel even warmer. While most of Alberta will see temperatures moderate by Friday, some southern regions will remain warm through the weekend.

Health Precautions

With the heat warning in effect, it’s vital to take precautions to stay safe and healthy:

  • Reschedule Outdoor Activities: Opt for cooler parts of the day for any outdoor plans.
  • Take Frequent Breaks: Spend time in cooled indoor spaces whenever possible.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine to prevent dehydration.
  • Check Vehicles: Never leave children or pets in a parked car, as temperatures can rise quickly to dangerous levels.

Monitor for symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Symptoms include high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness. Pay close attention to vulnerable individuals, including infants, children, seniors, and those with pre-existing health conditions or social isolation.

Today’s Detailed Forecast

Morning to Afternoon

Today will be sunny, with a mix of sun and clouds developing later in the afternoon. There is a 30% chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms late in the day. The high temperature will reach 31°C, with a humidex of 32°C. The UV index is high at 7, so sun protection is necessary.

Evening

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a 30% chance of showers in the evening and a continued risk of thunderstorms. The low will drop to 17°C, offering some respite from the day’s heat.

Upcoming Days

Friday, July 12

Friday will be sunny with a high of 26°C, providing a slight break from the intense heat. The night will be clear with a low of 15°C.

Saturday, July 13

Saturday will see increased cloudiness with a 60% chance of showers and a high of 24°C. The night will continue with increasing cloudiness and a low of 17°C.

Sunday, July 14

Sunday is expected to be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and a high of 26°C. The night will have cloudy periods with a low of 14°C.

Historical Weather Trivia

On this date, Edmonton’s record high temperature was 34.0°C, set in 1961. The record low was a chilly 6.1°C, recorded in 1947.

What to Wear

Given the high temperatures and humidity, wear light, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are essential for sun protection. Apply a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays.

Edmonton Weather Trivia

Did you know? Edmonton, often referred to as “The Gateway to the North,” experiences a significant range in temperatures, with hot summers and extremely cold winters. This city is also known for its long summer days due to its northern latitude, providing ample daylight to enjoy the summer warmth.

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