A heat warning's in effect today for the Kenora area. This means temperatures and humidity could cause a risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

The humidex is expected to climb to 36 today and 39 tomorrow.

Young children, seniors or those with breathing problems may also have more difficulty, especially if they're working outdoors.

Environment Canada says smoke plumes are expected to affect areas near the Manitoba border over Northwestern Ontario. Forecasters say the smoke is actually coming from forest fires in Alberta and B.C. this weekend, and air quality may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.

Weather specialists added Individuals may experience symptoms such as:

  • increased coughing,
  • throat irritation,
  • headaches or
  • shortness of breath.

Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. In general, Environment Canada says wearing a mask is not the best way to protect your health during a smoke event. In fact, masks may lead to a false sense of security, which may encourage increased physical activity and time spent outdoors, meaning increased exposure to smoke. They can also make breathing more difficult.

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