You asked for warmer days this summer, right? Well, Mother Nature may be granting you your wish and some.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Meteorologist Natalie Hasell says that Portage la Prairie will be cooking for the immediate future, with five days of +30°C in the forecast starting Wednesday.

"The people who complained about the weather should have been more specific in their request because five days straight of this heat is not good for the human body, your pets, or your livestock."

A large ridge in the jet stream is developing right now across western Canada. causing a heat wave that has already been felt in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Hasell explains that this heat event will come through the region with the potential for some wildfire smoke from neighbouring provinces.

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"The combination of heat and smoke might be really difficult for some people. The folks who are vulnerable to heat overlap a lot with the folks who are vulnerable to smoke. You may need to find ways to stay cool without drawing bad air from outside into your home or workplace."

She expects we will reach values warm enough to trigger heat warnings with the Humidex.

"Conditions start to improve and come back to closer to seasonal by the time we get to Monday, so we are in this for five days easily and that cumulative effect of very hot conditions during the day, not being able to cool off at night is also of great concern. The fact that this is lasting this long makes this a more significant event. People need to start paying attention to how folks are feeling and behaving. This will be even more important after we've been in it for several days."

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Hasell notes that citizens should check in on people over the next few days to see how they are dealing with the heat and smoke: the elderly, young children, pregnant women,  those who have medication that might make them more susceptible to the heat and those who work outside. 

"If you are dealing with mental health issues, these can be exacerbated by the smoke, you can be triggered, and you might not realize why," she continues. "The next few days could be complicated. Since we're dealing with both heat and smoke, I'd like people to pay attention to how they are feeling. If they start to feel unwell, it could be either smoke, heat, or both. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are particularly bad. It's called 'stroke' because the heat is altering your brain. So, if people start to look confused, they have lost muscle control, they're really hot, but they're not sweating; that could be heat stroke, and it can go from fine to not fine quickly."