Hot Enough for You? Heat Wave to Last All Week

Southern Manitoba is in store for toasty temperatures all week. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Keep some water handy — you’ll need it.

It now officially feels like summer in southern Manitoba, as balmy temperatures continue to please those spending time outdoors, especially many on vacation.

For the third day in a row, Winnipeg is experiencing extreme heat, as the mercury sits in the low 30’s. Those hoping to get some relief from the heat will have to put up with the stickiness and humidity a little while longer, as this week is promising to shape up like this past weekend weather-wise.

With the humidex factored in, the temperatures this week will feel more like 40°C or warmer.

The Office of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer is reminding Manitobans to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness.

Staying out in the heat for too long unprotected can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, other serious illnesses or death.

Officials say to limit physical activity during the hotter parts of the day, wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and apply sunscreen.

Those without air conditioning or fans are being encouraged to take refuge in cool public areas, such as shopping centres, restaurants or movie theatres to get out of the heat.

Late Sunday, Manitoba Hydro urged customers to conserve power by not using any non-essential electric devices. The fear was with the increased usage of air conditioners throughout the city, there could be another round of power outages, as was the case for about 5,000 homes on Saturday.

As for when some relief may be on the way, Environment Canada’s long range weather forecast doesn’t provide much insight. Temperatures are expected to hover around the high 20’s and low 30’s until the end of the week.

Fun fact: The term “heat wave” is often used incorrectly. See what really defines the phrase.

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