Yesterday, June 27 2021, we set a new all time Canadian high temperature record for any date in any month. 46.6 C which is 115.9 F. It was in Lytton, BC, which has a community sign boasting about being Canada's hot spot; and they regularly have the highest daily temps in Canada. Despite being at the confluence of two of our largest rivers, it is very much like a desert. I'm sure there are higher records in places where there are no official government weather stations and I'm sure I have experienced temps in that range in the past but this is a new "official" record. It was 40.3 at my house, 104.5, which is pretty high for us.
This heat "dome" as they are calling it, is settled over much of western Canada as well as the Pacific Northwest States. It is supposed to break records again today and tomorrow before we get any relief. A CBS report I saw is calling it a once in a 1000 year event. Portland, OR, set a new record yesterday at 112 and I'm sure there were other records in the US that fell yesterday, too.
These are dangerously high temperatures. I know some of you may live with this kind of heat on a regular basis but for those of us who don't, it can be very overwhelming. Please, everyone be careful in this heat. If you must work outside, try to do it in the coolest part of the day. Stay in the shade whenever possible. Wear a hat. Check on your neighbours, especially the elderly. Watch out for the signs of people who might be experiencing heat exhaustion or worse heat stroke. Don't forget your pets and livestock. This link is for "Emergency First Aid for Heat Stroke", if you should come across someone who is suffering from heat stroke. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/tw3250spec
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Prevention:
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. We should be drinking 3-4 cups (8 oz. cups) of water (fluid) per hour. 2 cups every 20 minutes if we are working outside in the heat (construction workers, highway workers, firefighters, etc.). Don't forget to add in other liquids besides water to make sure you are keeping up your electrolytes. Avoid all caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
TGN has a very good e-book in the library section on hydration, The Hydration Handbook. I encourage everyone to read it. https://tgn-pdf-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/Hydration+Handbook.pdf
There have been other discussions on the forum about Electrolytes and Cooling Summer Beverages. https://community.thegrownetwork.com/discussion/843317/electrolytes and https://community.thegrownetwork.com/discussion/846890/cooling-summer-beverages-family-friendly.
The Herbal Academy has an e-book on "Cooling Herbs for Hot Summer Days" at: https://theherbalacademy.com/download-cooling-herbs-hot-summer-days-ebook/
There is an excellent new TGN blog article on sunscreen and how to make your own as well as suggestions for after-sun care. https://thegrownetwork.com/make-herbal-sunscreen/
This is a link to the Herbal Academy blog article on a home-made sunburn spray. https://theherbalacademy.com/homemade-sunburn-spray/?awt_a=5cXw&awt_l=HVg7c&awt_m=3dZq66X0doG43Xw
Stay safe everyone.
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