Estevan is in the middle of a heat wave. With a daytime high of 33° expected for Friday, along with a humidex up to 40, but it won't be enough to break the record set back in 1981 when the temperature hit 40.5.
As a result of the high temperatures expected over the next few days, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Estevan and area. Heat warnings are issued when the temperature is 32° or warmer, with humidex, for two consecutive days or more, and the daytime lows don’t fall below 16°.
Terri Laing is a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada. She stressed staying hydrated, and wearing sunscreen is important in this heat. However, it is better to avoid doing anything which will have someone outdoors during peak sun. As well, be sure to check on those who are vulnerable in the heat.
“We ask that people always think about the more vulnerable populations - older people that maybe can’t get out and are stuck in their homes and maybe they don’t have air conditioning, so we ask people to maybe check on those folks,” Laing explained, adding it is also good to check on the kids.
“They don’t have the ability to think through, and the reason the way we do as adults, so keep an eye on them, keep them hydrated, keep them out of the sun in the high heat.”
Laing recommends finding an air-conditioned place to go to cool down, such as a shopping centre or a library.
When going out with children during the heat, it is also important to not leave them unattended in a vehicle, as temperatures can quickly increase.