Temperatures soar in Canada this summer
July 20, 2011
The summer has been exceptionally hot all across Canada this summer. The temperature in some parts of Ontario and Manitoba broke records, and Saskatchewan recently came close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the CBC News reports.
Saskatchewan also saw hail the size of baseballs crashing down and winds up to 80 miles per hour, and the news source states that experts are still investigating whether or not tornadoes may have touched down during this extreme weather.
Canadians who are traveling for business or studying abroad can use international calling cards to check on their families back home and make sure they are taking precautions to beat the heat. The Canadian Red Cross recommends that people stay safe during high heat by avoiding being outside during peak hours - between about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. - or, if unavoidable, working or exercising in short bursts to keep from overheating.
Global Edmonton reports that the province of Alberta broke energy consumption records from August 2008, using about 1,571 megawatts. However, province officials are telling citizens not to sweat it. They will be able to provide enough power so people can continue to use their air conditioners without fear of blackouts.