Environment Canada and the Saskatchewan government have issued a heat warning for southeastern Saskatchewan as humidex values are expected to reach 38 over the next three days.

“A hot and humid air mass is bringing daytime highs in the low 30s and overnight lows in the upper teens or low 20s to parts of the Prairies,” says the warning. “Relatively high humidity is also pushing humidex values into the upper 30s at times.”

You are urged to watch for the following effects of heat illness, as extreme heat affects everyone: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

The warning advised you to:

  • drink plenty of water, even before you feel thirsty
  • stay in a cool place
  • check on older family, friends, and neighbours
  • never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle
  • take regularly-scheduled breaks in a cool place if you’re working outdoors

“Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion,” says the warning.

You should call HealthLine 811 if you’re looking for further advice on health risks, symptoms, and precautions associated with the heat.