Despite the recent blitz of hail, it's no secret that Swift Current and surrounding areas have been feeling the heat for the past several days

The first extended period of sweltering temperatures for the southwest this year brought daytime highs from 30 degrees Celsius to the mid-30s, for Friday and the weekend.

Now Environment Canada is projecting that today could reach up to 37 C, while the normal for Swift Current at this time of year is ten degrees cooler, according to Meteorologist Samantha Mauti

Temperatures reaching 35 C combined with overnight lows near 16 C are expected for the next 2 days.

The extreme heat is forecast to begin to ease from west to east as early as tomorrow, but the most relief folks in the southwest will get in the next five days is Thursday's high of 26 C.

Health officials have shared advice on how to stay safe during the extreme heat, including staying hydrated and reducing time outside during peak heat hours. 

Watch for the effects of heat illness such as swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions. Drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Folks are advised to call the HealthLine 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with heat.