Foothills County is currently under a Heat Warning, which looks like it will peak on Wednesday.

"Wednesday, that's going to be the hottest day of the week," explains Warning Preparedness Meteorologist for Alberta with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Alysa Pederson. "Many places across Alberta are actually in that mid-30 range."

Pederson says that Okotoks is expected to get up to 35 degrees.

Fortunately, though, the temperatures for Thursday and onwards are expected to be slightly cooler.

"We call it a cool down," Pederson says. "But really we're sticking in and around that 29 degrees right through the end of the week. And as we're looking at it, it actually goes right through next week as well."

According to Pederson, the requirement for a Heat Warning to be implemented in the Okotoks region is that daytime temperatures must reach 29 degrees or higher for two or more consecutive days, with the nighttime lows being 14 degrees and higher.

"That criteria is, essentially, what the forecast is right through the end of July. So, whether there's going to be heat warnings right through the end of July, it's going to really depend on if we get those overnight lows. If they're going to drop below that 14."

Pederson says that if the daytime high still gets to 29 degrees or higher, a drop below 14 degrees at night would give people a bit of a reprieve from the hot afternoon sun.

While the Okotoks area hasn't broken any heat records yet this year, there were 17 heat records broken in Alberta on Monday, July 8th.

"The record for July 10th is 33.5 [degrees], set in 2001 for Okotoks," Pederson says. "The forecast, right now, is for a record-breaking daily record. Then, of course, Thursday, the temperature does drop back down into the 20's and records for the area sit, generally, through the month of July. They sit in that 32, 33 temperature range. And into 34 by the end of the month."

Pederson adds that Wednesday is the only day forecasted in the near future that is above a previous heat record.

Unfortunately, it isn't likely that Okotoks will see rain any time this week.

With this week's forecast looking like it does, Pederson reminds everyone to stay prepared for the prolonged heat.

"This is above normal, but we see this every year. We have heat waves, pretty much every summer. The one thing, though, is when we start getting into temperatures and heat warning criteria, which is above that 29 and into the low 30s, that's when heat actually becomes a bit more of a health hazard. So, it's important for people to remember that if you do have outdoor activities, try and limit how much you're in the sun. Because, when you're in the sun, it's actually hotter than what our air temperature is. Air temperature is generally measured in the shade," Pederson explains.

With that, she points out that the Stampede Grounds will be a few degrees warmer than other places, due to all the concrete and lack of shade.

It's advised to bring and drink more water than you would think you would need due to the heat.

On top of drinking plenty of water, Pederson says it's important for people to be aware of what heat-related issues may look like.

"Heat exhaustion involves things like sweating a profuse amount, feeling tired or fatigued. Heat Stroke is when you stop sweating altogether, that becomes a medical emergency when your body loses the ability to cool itself down. So, heat can be very dangerous, so it's important for people to make sure they have places to cool off if they are starting to feel lightheaded and get those signs of heat illness."

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