Environment Canada has issued a heat warning on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, for most of southern Manitoba as temperatures are expected to reach the low 30s on Thursday then increase on Friday and Saturday.
In response to the heat warning the province has amended public health orders to allow municipalities the ability to temporarily use facilities like libraries and community centres as cooling centres for vulnerable people who may not have any other way to cool off during the heat wave.
Outdoor pools and splash pads at hotels, campgrounds and other private businesses will be allowed to open but their use is restricted to people within the same household.
“People attending these facilities must be reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public and the rules against gathering with people outside your household still apply.” said a statement from the province.
Both the province and Environment Canada remind Manitobans that everyone is at risk for the effects of heat. During a prolonged period of high heat older people, people with chronic illness and people living alone have a high risk for heat illness especially if they don’t have air conditioning.
During the summer and especially during a heat wave never leave your pet in a parked vehicle vehicle.
Watch for heat-related illnesses. If you have many of the following symptoms your body may be overheating and at risk of heat illness or heat stroke: headache; red, hot and dry skin; dizziness; confusion; nausea; rapid weak pulse; and a complete or partial loss of consciousness.
To help reduce heat-related complications make sure to drink plenty of liquids even if you don’t feel thirsty; wear loose-fitting clothing, light colours are best; wear a wide-brimmed hat; limit alcohol consumption; avoid sun exposure as much as possible; take a cool shower or bath; close curtains and blinds during the day.
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