Environment Canada issues heat warning for Edmonton region, much of Central and Northern Alberta also impacted

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After a temporary reprieve from the heat, high temperatures are returning to the Edmonton area.

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Environment Canada issued a heat warning Monday afternoon as temperatures are expected to reach or exceeding 29 degrees during the day, with 14 degrees overnight, throughout the week. This warning covers the City of Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Elk Island National Park, and parts of Parkland, Sturgeon, Yellowhead, Lac Ste. Anne, Lamont, Smoky Lake, Thorhild, Minburn and Two Hills counties.

The agency warns people to reschedule outdoor activities to cooler times of the day, take frequent breaks, spend time in cool indoor spaces, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. There is also a reminder not to leave children locked inside a vehicle.

“Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness,” reads the alert.

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Some people can be hit harder by the heat, including infants and children, seniors, and people with certain health conditions, outdoor workers and people who are socially isolated, the warning says.

Many central and northern Alberta regions are also under similar heat warnings, including: Whitecourt, Edson, Fox Creek, Swan Hills, Westlock, Barrhead, Athabasca, Hinton, Grande Cache, Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Valleyview, Slave Lake, Wabasca, Peerless Lake, Gift Lake, Cadotte Lake, Peace River, Fairview, High Prairie, Manning, High Level, Rainbow Lake, Fort Vermilion, and Mackenzie Highway areas.

Environment Canada issues heat warnings when high temperatures are expected to cause a higher risk of health problems.

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