Alberta Health Services has issued a heat advisory for Edmonton and the surrounding area.

Officials are asking Edmontonians to be careful as temperatures soared to 30 degrees Tuesday afternoon but felt closer to 36 degrees, according to Environment Canada.

Now, AHS is reminding people to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat, including:

  • Avoid being outside during the hottest hours of the day
  • Take breaks from the heat by visiting air conditioned public buildings
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Do not leave any children or pets alone in vehicles
  • Wear and frequently re-apply sunscreen
  • Put on a hat and sunglasses and light-coloured clothing

Health officials are also warning people to keep an eye out for symptoms of heat stroke, which can include increased body temperature, lack of sweating, disorientation and fainting.

“Normal activity that may be safe on a cool day might be dangerous in current weather conditions. If you start to feel overheated, stop your activity immediately, seek shade and drink fluids," said Dr. Chris Sikora, the Edmonton Zone’s medical officer of health.

AHS is also asking Edmontonians to monitor the well-being of more vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, socially-isolated individuals, outdoor workers and people with pre-existing breathing or circulatory problems.

“We not only need to pay attention to our own bodies; we also need to look-out for our neighbors and loved ones,” said Dr. Sikora.

The heat advisory is expected to remain in place for 72 hours.