High temperatures are forecast for western areas of the US and Canada for at least Thursday, August 9. Heat warnings of varying degrees issued by the US National Weather Service are currently in effect for parts of the following states: California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Heat warnings issued by the Canadian government are in place parts of the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
These high temperatures could be hazardous to health, particularly for the elderly, young children, and people suffering from chronic illnesses such as cardiac issues, hypertension, and diabetes. Symptoms of heatstroke include high fever, hot, red, dry skin, headache, nausea, drowsiness, intense thirst, confusion, convulsions, and loss of consciousness.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts in the coming days, avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible between noon and 16:00 when temperatures tend to peak, remain well hydrated (with sugar-free, non-alcoholic beverages), and wear loose, light-colored clothing. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if displaying symptoms of heatstroke.