A special weather statement has been issued for the region due to some unseasonably hot and dry conditions that are expected to hit the area starting this weekend. 

"A loft is going to sit over the area and bring really hot and dry weather," said Sarah Hoffman with Environment Canada.

Highs in the area on Saturday and Sunday will reach 27 C but will continue to climb heading into next week, plateauing at 32 C on Tuesday. 

"For this time of year, we are used to seeing a daytime high of right around 18 C," said Hoffman. "What we are forecasting right now is about 10 C to 15 C above normal for a daytime high in the area." 

These conditions could leave more vulnerable members of the public at risk for heat-related illnesses. Hoffman says there are some easy ways to stay safe. 

"Our bodies aren't used to [the heat] and folks might think they are able to do certain activities or behave in a certain way that they could in the middle of the summer when their body is used to it," said Hoffman. "This early in the season, you are a little more susceptible to those heat-related illnesses like heat stroke." 

"It'll be very important to make sure you are drinking lots of clear fluids like water and making sure that you are taking breaks from the heat, specifically around the hottest part of the day which is around 11 a.m. to 3 p.m." 

Of course, the current fire situation will not be helped by these conditions. With a slew of human-related causes attributed to recent wildfires, Environment Canada is reminding people to take extra caution to ensure they don't inadvertently start the next fire. 

"It's just such a dangerous time that we have to think about every action we're taking," said Hoffman. "Something like throwing a cigarette out the window or even improperly disposing of a cigarette can start a fire." 

"If you have an ATV, especially a very dirty one with the exhaust pipe plugged with debris like dirt, pieces of twigs or grass, that can actually be a fire hazard and is known to start lots of fires." 

Though some might think that recent rain has lowered the fire risk, it hasn't been quite enough to make things any less dangerous. 

"It's really not going to be enough to sway the tide to really lower this severe fire risk," said Hoffman. "As we get into the weekend, we are going to be in an extreme fire risk across Alberta." 

"Everyone is going to have to do their part and be thinking more critically about what they are doing." 

Hoffman added that, as fires burn across the province, the air quality could become poor. 

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