Manitobans have been feeling the heat lately, and those sweaty conditions are expected to continue, at least for now.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, humidex values are supposed to reach 38 degrees for the next three days.

Natalie Hasell, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, explains that, regarding the heat, the worst of conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday before slightly cooling off.

"We also have showers and risk of thunderstorms a little bit everywhere right now actually in the province, but especially in southern Manitoba, so Portage is included in that."

We are expected to see above-normal temperatures still on Wednesday, but not quite at the level needed for Heat Warning criteria, according to Hassell.

"Overnight temperatures are still going to be quite warm until Friday and then maybe a return to heat once again starting on the June 11th, it's a little bit of everything in the next several days."

The Warning Preparedness Meteorologist adds that while we have seen humidex values like this before in Portage la Prairie, it is unusual early into the year.

"This is why we issue the warnings, to remind people that there are precautions that they can take. Heat illness can be sudden and quite dangerous, so it's really important for people to pay attention."

Environment and Climate Change Canada notes that everyone should:

  • Watch for the effects of heat illness, such as swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and worsening of some health conditions.
  • Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty, and stay in a cool place.
  • Check on older family, friends and neighbours and make sure they are cool and drinking water.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

"Someone could be drunk or could be high on drugs, but it could also be the heat, and if you're the only person around noticing that this person is behaving weirdly or is in trouble, you might be the only one who can call for help. So, be a good neighbour. Pay attention to how people are behaving around you and what's happening around you."

Heat warnings are administered when very high temperature or humidity conditions are anticipated to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.