Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for several southern NWT communities as temperatures are expected to reach 29 degrees Celsius for more than 5 days combined with overnight lows of near 14 degrees.

Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Hay River, Fort Smith and surrounding regions are the areas that will be affected by the surge of heat.

Environment Canada warns residents of those areas to watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and the worsening of some health conditions. People at higher risk of adverse health impacts include young children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses or on certain medications, and those who spend large amounts of time outdoors.

“Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you feel dizzy or disoriented seek medical attention. Call your local emergency number. If someone has a high temperature and is unconscious or confused or has stopped sweating. Cool the person right away.”

Ways to reduce risk of extreme heat exposure include wearing loose-fitting light weight clothing, staying hydrated, closing curtains and windows during the hottest hours, using air conditioners or fans, and scheduling outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day.