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'Hot weather, finally': Calgary hitting the 30-degree mark Tuesday

Last Updated Jul 23, 2019 at 8:51 am MST

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – For the first time this season we are expected to reach 30 degrees in Calgary.

“Hot weather, finally,” said 660 NEWS Meteorologist Andrew Schultz. “The warmest we’ve been so far this season is 28 degrees. That was back June 13.”

While a heat warning blankets much of Alberta, Schultz said Calgary won’t be included in those warnings.

“You need an extended period, 24 hours plus into those high 20s if not at that 30-degree mark. Not going to be the case as we’re going to see low-pressure move through, start to break down that high as early as this evening, just with some high cloud. Overnight, we bring a chance of some showers in, wouldn’t discount a chance of a thunderstorm.”

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While the hot temperature is certainly welcome news, Schultz said it won’t last.

“Just above the 20 mark on Wednesday and a lingering chance of showers. Just as quick as we get there, we’ll be out of the system and switch things up a bit.”

The heat may feel nice following weeks of rain and damp weather but EMS warns there are risks involved, especially for children.

“This is mainly due to the fact that their bodies make more heat relative to their size and their ability to cool through sweating are not as developed as adults are,” said Adam Loria with EMS.

Loria points to several stories in the U.S. and Canada where children have died after being left in a hot vehicle.

He said that in just minutes, the worst could happen.

“Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise significantly higher than the ambient outside temperature, even if the windows are slightly open or ajar and also if the air conditioner is on.”

The same warning also applies to pets with the Calgary Firefighters Association warning of the dangers of leaving pets inside a hot vehicle.

During days of high temperatures, Alberta Health Services advises you to drink plenty of water, limit exposure to the outdoors and watch for signs of heat exhaustion including high body temperature, lack of sweat and disorientation.