Heat warnings issued for southeastern Alberta

With temperatures expected to reach into the 30s C this week, Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for much of southeastern Alberta. ​

“An extended period with maximum daily temperatures exceeding 29 C and minimum overnight temperatures of 14 C or above is expected to begin on Monday and last until at least Friday,” reads the notice posted to the Environment Canada website. “By midweek, daytime highs are expected to be in the mid 30s C.”

The areas under a heat warning include:

  • Brooks, Strathmore and Vulcan.
  • Cardston, Fort Macleod and Magrath​​.
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Foremost.
  • Drumheller and Three Hills.
  • Hanna, Coronation and Oyen.
  • Lethbridge, Taber and Milk River.
  • Medicine Hat, Bow Island and Suffield.

Albertans are encouraged to:

  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time indoors at cooled buildings (including malls or indoor pools).
  • Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
  • Not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time.

Symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion include a high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

With temperatures expected to reach into the 30s C this week, much of southeastern Alberta is under a heat warning. (Environment Canada)

Vulnerable people, including children, seniors and individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions are particularly at risk, along with those who work outside and anyone who is socially isolated.

More heat health advice can be found online.

​An air quality advisory is also in place for Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Waterton Lakes National Park due to smoke from wildfires in southeastern B.C.

“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk,” reads an online warning.

“People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.”

People with breathing difficulties are encouraged to remain indoors. 



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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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