Heat warnings in place across southern NWT

A lone bison attempts to beat the heat on NWT Highway 3 on Monday, June 18
A lone bison is pictured on NWT Highway 3 during June 2018. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

Residents in Dehcho and South Slave communities have been told to take precautions as hot weather parks itself over the southern Northwest Territories.

As of 9am on Monday, Environment Canada had heat warnings in place for Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Sambaa K’e, Fort Simpson, Jean Marie River, Wrigley, and Fort Smith.

“A period with maximum daily temperatures reaching or exceeding 29C and minimum overnight temperatures staying at or above 14C is expected to continue through at least Wednesday,” read Environment Canada’s warning for each region.

The warning urges residents and visitors in the above communities to seek indoor shelter during the hottest hours of the day, take frequent breaks from the heat, drink plenty of water, and make sure no pets or people are left inside closed vehicles for any length of time.



“Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness,” read the alert.

“Particular vigilance is urged for vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.”

Environment Canada issues heat warnings when unusually hot or humid conditions occur.

In Fort Simpson, temperatures are set to soar to 35C on Tuesday, while Wednesday will only get down to 18C at night. Highs in Fort Smith are expected to top out at 33C on both Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures still pushing 30C by the weekend.

Yellowknife residents can expect blue skies and temperatures in the mid-20s throughout the week.