Extreme Heat Warning

July 5, 2021 – 7:13 a.m. PDT

A long duration heat wave continues in the Okanagan today. We are encouraging all university community members – on and off campus – to be aware of the heat and its impact on ourselves and on other community members. We hope all community members stay safe and stay cool during this extreme heat.

Symptoms of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion

Watch for the following symptoms as signs of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you see someone suffering from too much heat, call 9-1-1 and help them cool off by applying water to their face and neck until emergency services arrive. You can also call 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse. Interpretation services are available on these phone numbers.

Tips to keep cool

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible
  • Plan ahead for where you can spend time in a cool or air-conditioned place, and seek shade when outside
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, and sunscreen
  • Avoid strenuous activity and exercise
  • Drink plenty of cool fluids such as water before you feel thirsty
  • Fill up your water bottle frequently at taps and drinking fountains

More tips to keep cool