Seeing projections indicating that average Summer temperatures will rise by 2.1C, The City of Leduc recognized the growing danger posed by extreme heat and took steps to combat its effects. The basis for this kind of action was laid out in Leduc’s Weather and Climate Readiness Plan, created with help from the All One Sky Foundation. In this document, extreme heat (or heat waves) was recognized as a mid-level threat, falling behind several different types of extreme precipitation events. It was really the Alberta Games that spurred the town to take a major look at their preparedness for a heat wave. There were two specific recommendations for handling extreme heat in the Weather and Climate Readiness Plan, one of which was to embed requirements for hydration/cooling stations within guide for event planning applications. As such, these preparedness efforts can be seen as as a direct outcome of having completed such a project beforehand.
When Leduc was selected to host the 2016 Alberta games, they realized that the large crowds at the event may be vulnerable to extreme heat and took a number of precautions to reduce the threat posed. The precautions where enacted by city officials and took the form of small and attainable steps that nevertheless managed to significantly improve readiness to extreme heat for the duration of the event. Lessons were also learned that could be applied to future gatherings, the value of these lessons will only increase over time as climate change brings an increase in extreme heat degree days.