Opinion

Here Comes the Sun!

It’s hot.

So bloody hot that I can’t even focus on my post for today.

I think we’ve hit the “I should be sitting on a beach, sipping away on a margarita, and listening to the ocean” hot.

And it’s only going to get hotter…

Seriously! Look at the weather report for the whole week! We’re sitting at a high of 34C today. Tomorrow it’s supposed to go up to 38C, and then Wednesday, it’s supposed to hit a high of 42C. There are no winners in this scenario except for maybe air conditioner repairmen. They’re going to make a killing…

And it’s not just Fort McMurray. Almost all of Western Canada seems to be in some sort of heatpocalypse.

So, just a quick reminder to take care of yourselves! Drink water, wear a hat, put on sunscreen, and make sure you take breaks in the shade! Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can sneak up on you.

And for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR. It doesn’t matter if the windows are down or up. Or even if you left the car running. I don’t know why we have to go over this again and again. Anything can go wrong. Your A/C can stop working, or your car can run out of gas or break down. On a sunny day, the average temperature inside your car can be up to 20C higher than the exterior temperature. So, if the temperature outside is 30C, then that would mean the temperature in your car is closer to 50C. And that doesn’t even take into account the surface temperature of your dashboard. Almost anything leather or plastic can hit in upwards of 90c. The sun is literally cooking the inside of your vehicle. Even five minutes in that kind of heat can be fatal to a dog. Why risk it?

Plan accordingly. You may like the sun, but it won’t think twice about turning you into a piece of jerky.

Stay frosty, friends.

Image Credit: DevinQuigleyArt

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