Heat warnings issued for Edmonton, much of Alberta

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Environment Canada has issued weather warnings as parts of southern British Columbia brace for several days of withering heat.

Cooler temperatures are expected later this week when the humidity dissipates.

Environment Canada cleared a series of severe thunderstorm warnings and watches on Monday night for the City of Toronto, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Georgina, Hamilton, and the regions of Halton and Peel after rain, thunder and lightning hit the region.

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Residents are also being encouraged to check on older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they're staying cool and drinking water.

Officials are warning the public of health risks associated with these soaring temperatures.

Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

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"Check-in on those who live alone".

The severe weather came amid a bout of hot summer temperatures.

To beat the heat, Environment Canada is recommending Calgarians consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day, spend time in cool indoor areas and drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic or non-caffeinated drinks to stay hydrated. A section of eastern Vancouver Island from Cedar to Duncan was already under the extreme rating, which is the highest possible fire danger rating.

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The Coastal Fire Centre has already banned category 2 open fires, but has not yet issued a sweeping campfire ban for Vancouver Island.

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