UPDATED - Wednesday, June 30.
As the week-long weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid to high 30’s, the City of Lethbridge is sharing tips to help residents beat the heat and stay safe.
Heat waves cause an increase in heat-related illness, enhance drought conditions and can cause a significant long-term draw on power. Residents are encouraged to be mindful of the use of electric appliances and keep air-conditioning units at a moderate temperature to help prevent overloading the power grid.
Ways to ensure residents are staying cool and safe during the expected high temperatures include:
- Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water;
- Take plenty of breaks if outside, and wear light, loose clothing;
- Avoid peak outdoor heat hours, between noon-2:00 p.m.;
- Turn off unnecessary electronic devices;
- Be aware of dry conditions and increased fire risk. There is still a fire ban in place in the river bottom, with open fires being prohibited at this time;
- Residents are reminded to be cautious if smoking in the river valley and dispose of butts properly or avoid smoking in the area all together.
Residents are also reminded the vulnerable members of our community are likely most at-risk during extreme temperatures without access to shelter. Steps taken by the City and the Lethbridge Helping Organizations Coalition, made up of local social service organizations, have been proactive in preparation for the hot weather.
A heat warning is issued in Alberta when two or more consecutive days of daytime maximum temperatures are expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius or warmer and nighttime temperatures are expected to be 16 degrees Celsius or warmer.
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