This week is said to be record breaking for high temperatureses.
If battling the heat wasn't enough for Drumheller's population, you now have to face smokey conditions due to wildfire fallout from British Columbia. This smokey condition coupled with the heat can spell bad news for those with respiratory problems, according to Brian Proctor Meteorologist for Environment Canada.
"A subsiding flow coming across the Rockies; We see wide spread smoke spread much across southern and central Alberta," says Proctor. "People that have really compromised respiratory systems, people with asthma, COPD (Cronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), the very young and the very old are really feeling the impact of that smoke. Smoke increases in overnight hour and breathing becomes very difficult for those people."
"Yes, early this morning I felt it," said local, Bertrend Boudreau. "An hour later it dissipated so it's not bad at all. I bike and sometimes I walk all the way to the Tyrell Museum and back."
The weather this week is forecasted to reach up to the high 30s, low 40s.
"The really complicated factor too is that, smokiness conditions is also the heat that we see as well. So, what we're seeing is that people are really beginning to be affected by both," explained Proctor. "During these kind of smokey events where we see this wildfire smoke spread into the province, we really recommending that people stay inside as much as they can and not expose themselves to that wildfire smoke."
Fans, cool cloths and air-condition are three ways to say cool during this week in your homes, suggested Proctor. He also says that water is essential to keeping up ones health in a dry, hot spell such as this one you are experiencing.