High temperatures on Sunday, climbing on Monday and Tuesday has lead the province to issue an extended heat advisory.

Central and Northern Manitoba will experience the brunt of the heat. Manitoba identifies Flin Flon, The Pas, Norway House, Lynn Lake, Thompson and Grand Rapids as communities that will be affected by the heat.

The province says everyone is at risk for the effects of heat. Older adults, people with chronic illness and people living alone have a higher risk of heat illness, especially if they’re living in an urban area or don’t have air conditioning. Infants, young children, and people who work or exercise in the heat, are also at a greater risk.

In a press release, the province asks that you regularly check on neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are ill or living alone, to make sure they are cool and drinking water. Visiting is best because it is easier to identify signs of heat illness that could be missed over the phone.

Symptoms to watch out for that could signal your body may be overheating and at risk of heat illness or heat stroke include, headache, red, hot and dry skin, dizziness, confusion, nausea, rapid weak pulse, and a complete or partial loss of consciousness.

If these symptoms occur, find a cool place to be in and drink water.  

Also in the press release, the province identifies a few ways to reduce the health effects of heat.

•    drink lots of liquids, most importantly, water

•    wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat

•    plan outdoor activities during cooler times of the day

•    limit alcohol consumption

•    avoid sun exposure and considering cancelling or rescheduling outdoor activities

•    go to a cool place such as a mall, community centre, public library or place of worship

•    take a cool shower or bath

•    block the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.