Southern Manitoba, including the City of Winnipeg, continues to be under a heat warning on Sunday afternoon, June 19, 2022.
Extreme heat and high humidity on Sunday morning resulted in the 2022 Manitoba Marathon closing the course to all runners within 90 minutes of the event starting due to the danger to the athletes.
By Sunday evening temperatures in Winnipeg reached 37c with humidex values making it feel like the low 40s.
Sweltering heat is expected to continue Monday but will begin to moderate in the west on Tuesday. Temperatures are still expected to be near 30 for Winnipeg and the Red River Valley on Tuesday.
Due to the extreme temperatures, heat related illnesses are a real risk but they can be prevented.
When the temperature is extremely hot it is important to follow a few safety tips:
- Plan outdoor activities during cooler times of the day and take into account the COVID-19 restrictions.
- Take a cool shower or bath or take a break in a cool location, such as an air-conditioned building or a tree-shaded area.
- Stay out of direct sunlight and wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat or shade yourself with an umbrella.
- Drink plenty of water, before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place. If you must go out, take water with you.
- Keep your house cool. Block the sun out by closing curtains, blinds, and awnings during the day
- Never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle.
- Check on family, friends and neighbours. Check regularly on people living alone, especially older individuals or people with health conditions. Make sure they are cool and drinking water.
- Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, and the worsening of some health conditions.
- Watch for signs of heat stroke (which may begin with headache, hot skin, dizziness or confusion) and take action immediately.
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