Heat advisory issued for Manitoba as heatwave grips area

Manitoba is sizzling and heat records are melting away, especially in the north.
It's going to be a scorcher in Winnipeg today with the temperature expected to hit 31 C. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

Provincial officials issued a heat advisory for Manitoba on Wednesday, after heat records are melted away, especially in the north.

Low-income families struggle

The North End Family Centre put a call out for donations of cold treats like freezies, popsicles or bags of ice. Officials from the outreach centre said low-income families were struggling to keep cool in the hot temperatures. Kyle Mason said the centre has air conditioning but for many of their clients, it’s the only place they can go to cool off. "They are in the heat 24-7. There is no air conditioning at home or anything like that. It’s hot day or night," said Mason.

Officials warned Manitobans to take measures to stay cool and prevent heat-related illnesses as hot temperatures persisted in most of the province.

They also said residents should regularly check on their loved ones, especially older adults and people with chronic illnesses while the weather persists.

Officials said exposure to heat for long periods of time can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of other conditions. Health officials said to watch for signs like headache, nausea, weakness, dizziness, confusion or rapid breathing.

For information on how to avoid a serious illness, check out the province’s health bulletin on heat and your health.

Record temperatures

Flin Flon was the hottest spot in the province on Tuesday, hitting 32.2 C. It was one of seven heat records broken, including a 70-year-old mark at the airport in The Pas.

The others were:

  • Fisher Branch at 32 C (old record was 30.6 C in 2012)
  • Grand Rapids at 31.9 C (26.7 C in 2005)
  • Island Lake airport at 31 C (30.6 C in 1976)
  • Shoal Lake at 29 C (27.5 C in 2003)
  • Swan River at 30.7 C (29.1 in 2003)
  • The Pas airport at 32.1 C (29.4 in 1943)

In Winnipeg, the temperature got up to 30 C but that wasn't record territory.

The mercury is expected to reach 31 C Wednesday, 28 C Thursday and 29 C on Friday before levelling off to the mid-20s for the following several days.

The record for this day is 32.3 C, set in 1988.

Splash pads extend hours again

In response, the City of Winnipeg extended splash pad hours for the second time in a month. Officials said all of the city’s 12 splash pads would be open 11 hours per day starting immediately.

The following spray pads will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.:

  • Central Park Spray Pad – 400 Cumberland Ave.
  • Fort Rouge Spray Pad – 295 River Ave.
  • Lindenwoods Spray Pad – 414 Lindenwoods Drive West
  • Provencher Park Spray Pad – 620 rue Langevin
  • River East Spray Pad – 1400 Rothesay St.
  • River Heights Spray Pad – 1370 Grosvenor Ave.
  • St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool Spray Pad – 644 Parkdale St.
  • St. Norbert Spray Pad – 3450 Pembina Hwy.
  • Shaughnessy Spray Pad – 75 Tyndall Ave.
  • Transcona Centennial Spray Pad – 1101 Wabasha St.
  • Vimy Ridge Memorial Park Spray Pad – 821 Preston Ave.
  • Westdale Spray Pad – 550 Dale Blvd.

CAA Manitoba issues warning to drivers

If you’re planning on using your car to get to those splash pads, CAA Manitoba has a warning for you: the heat takes a toll on your car too.

Officials said calls were up 35 per cent on Tuesday as a result of the heatwave and more calls were anticipated over the coming days.

CAA’s Liz Peters said people need to keep a close eye on their engines to ensure they don’t overheat. The level of cooling fluid in the vehicle should always be double-checked in hot weather, she added.

Heat also reduces a car’s battery life. Having it tested twice a year will help make sure it can withstand harsh conditions — hot or cold.