The heat in southern Saskatchewan this week isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s gotten to the point where it could be dangerous.
The blanket of heat warnings extends across most of the province which is also under special air quality statements due to smoke.
Heat warnings are issued when highs during the day are 32 C or higher and lows at night don’t go below 16 C.
The warnings are expected to last for the rest of the week. Forecasts on Thursday morning said the heat would hit its peak on Saturday, with Environment Canada predicting a high of 38 C.
Environment Canada meteorologist Jason Knight said a bit of relief would be coming after that.
“Temperatures will start to diminish a bit on Sunday, so 31 C, and finally a bit cooler still on Monday. But, not too much diminishment just back to normal for early next week.”
The weather warning statement online said the humidity and wind will be low but the UV index will be high throughout the heat wave.
According to Knight, if it weren’t for the smoke, it could be even hotter outside.
“The smoke is bringing down the daytime temperatures just a shade, but not enough, since it’s going to be such extreme heat this is easily still into the heat warning criteria.”
Knight said the same weather system bringing in the heat is bringing in the smoke from B.C. wildfires. Which means when the weather starts to cool down slightly early next week, the smoke will start to move out as well.