Doctors and health professionals are reminding southwest residents of the dangers of extreme high temperatures during this week's heat wave. 

Swift Current has been under a heat warning since yesterday morning, with daytime highs reaching 34 today and tomorrow.

Dr. Torr, medical health officer for the southwest with the SHA, has some advice for residents in the area.

"With extreme heat, everybody's at risk, but certainly there are those more at risk, especially the elderly and the very young and also those who have various medical conditions," he said. "But when there's extreme heat, everyone should take precautions."

The first steps to take are to avoid the heat as much as possible, and to keep well hydrated throughout the day. 

Too much heat exposure can lead to serious complications, so identifying the early symptoms is imperative. Early signs of heat illness include feeling dizzy, breathing rapidly, feeling weak and experiencing muscle cramps. More severe symptoms can be confusion and loss of consciousness.

Wildfires from northeastern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and northern Alberta have also added to weather conditions in the southwest recently.

"When you have a combination of both the heat and the smoke exposure, it can be even more precarious, especially with people who have respiratory conditions, say asthma, for example," he added. "Heat in itself can make asthma worse, but smoke definitely can make the asthma worse. But even for the everyday person, inhaling those particles does cause a lot of irritation first of all, in the nasal and throat passages, but also difficulty in breathing. It's not a comfortable situation to be in."