Heat warnings have been issued for several areas in the territory, the department of Environment and Natural Resources announced on their website this morning.

A heat warning is issued when the humidex value is expected to reach 40°C or more or when the temperature is expected to reach levels ranging from 29°C to 40°C or greater.

A period with maximum daily temperatures reaching near 29C or above and minimum overnight temperatures reaching near 14C or above continues for many parts of the territory.

A cold front will move through the western Northwest Territories on Wednesday bringing slightly cooler temperatures to the region.

Heat advisories have been issued for the Fort Liard Region including Nahanni Butte and Sambaa K’e, the Fort Providence Region including Kakisa and Chan Lake, Fort Simpson Region including Jean Marie River, the Hay River Region including Enterprise, the North Slave Region including Wekweeti, Whati and Behchoko, the Thebacha Region including Fort Smith, Salt River Reserve, and the Wrigley Region.

The government is warning residents of and visitors to the regions under the advisory to take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours:

– Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
– Take frequent breaks from the heat.
– Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
– Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time.

Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness. Particular vigilance is urged for vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.