Calgary Heatwave: Surviving the Summer

Calgary's temperatures are scorching hot this week, come and see what you can do to help make yourself more comfortable and keep from getting heat exhaustion!

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Calgary Heatwave: Surviving the Summer

Posted by Krista Kehoe on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at 5:45pm.

All across the province this week, residents have been experiencing high temperatures and high humidity. While the current high temperatures are forecast to only last a few more days, there are likely to be some more scorchers this summer. Calgary’s current record high temperature is 36.1 °C with a humidex rating of 36.9. While this isn’t dangerous in itself, it can be very uncomfortable.

What you can do to stay cool

In hot weather, it’s not always possible to hide out in an air conditioned place until the weather cools down, so it’s important to have some strategies to keep yourself comfortable.

  • If you’re hot, you’re losing fluids so keep your fluid intake up. A cool beverage can help you feel cooler as well. Keep in mind that caffeinated or alcoholic beverages can actually increase your chance of getting heat stroke.
  • Keep your head covered to help prevent overheating and/or sunburn.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes in a breathable fabric such as cotton or linen.
  • Replace electrolytes. Sports drinks can help with this, but you can also eat some fruit or put a pinch of salt in your water as well.
  • And obviously, try to stay cool. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, go to a public place that’s air conditioned. Some good options are: the mall, the pool, library, movie theatre, or a restaurant. If you’re at home, have a cool shower or bath to lower your body temperature.

Signs that you’re overheated

In the summer, even if there isn’t a heatwave going on, it can be easy to overheat. Be aware that signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke can include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Heat rash
  • Cramps
  • Vertigo
  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache or migraine
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hyperventilating
  • Mental confusion

In the case of severe symptoms, especially if the person affected can't keep water down, take them to the Emergency Room at your local hospital.

Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®

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