Heat warning in effect for northern Sask. and Manitoba, includes Flin Flon, nearby communities

If you enjoyed last week's heat, you're in luck. A heat warning is now in effect for Flin Flon and several outlying communities - and it's not supposed to let up until early next week.

Environment Canada issued a first warning for the area July 8 and updated the warning July 9, saying temperatures of at least 30 degrees Celsius are "expected for the next three days". 

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"Another hot few days, with highs in the low 30s and lows in the mid to upper teens, are on tap in parts of northern Manitoba. Heat should subside early next week," reads the warning.

As of Friday afternoon, temperatures in Flin Flon hit 33 degrees Celsius with a humidex of 35 degrees Celsius. A 30 per cent chance of showers will be in place overnight with a risk of thunderstorms, but daily highs for July 10 and 11 are expected to be around 34 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius. Rain is expected in the forecast for July 12, with a high of 26 degrees Celsius.

In total, all northern Saskatchewan communities and all communities in northeast Manitoba are under heat warnings, including Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake, Grass River Provincial Park, Creighton, Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay, Denare Beach, Cumberland House and the entire Hanson Lake Road (Highway 106). The warnings stretch from the provinces' northern borders with Nunavut and the Northwest Territories all the way down to Hudson Bay, Porcupine Plain and The Pas.

Environment Canada suggests several ways to get through the heat, including planning outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, taking cold showers or baths and taking breaks in the shade, staying out of direct sunlight and wearing loose-fitting, light clothing, drinking plenty of water (especially before feeling thirsty) and keeping homes cool by blocking out the sun, closing curtains, blinds and awnings. Other suggestions including never leaving people or pets in parked vehicles (where temperatures are high and can climb quicker) and checking in on friends and family.

People are also warned to watch for signs of heat stroke or heat illness - namely swelling, fainting, cramps, rashes, worsening of health conditions, headaches, dizziness, hot skin or confusion. Anyone in need of medical help is asked to seek it out immediately.

Meanwhile, a province-wide fire ban is in effect in Saskatchewan, where fire bans have been proclaimed at all provincial parks and recreation sites. Creighton and Denare Beach have also instituted their own local fire bans, banning all fires including in approved fire pits until further notice.

A total of 37 forest fires are burning in Saskatchewan, almost all of which are burning in northern Saskatchewan. The nearest fire to Flin Flon, the Alsmith fire, is located by the west shore of Deschambault Lake and is about 10 hectares in size.

Burning restrictions are in place in several Manitoba districts, but no fire bans are currently in place in any northern districts except Leaf Rapids. No fire restrictions are in place for the City of Flin Flon or Manitoba wildlife area 13, which covers most of the area around the community.

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