Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for this Civic Holiday long weekend which will include both the Sunday and the Monday having temperatures in the 30’s with Humidex values in the 40’s. It’s going to be warm and stick and they encourage everyone to stay cool.
This Heat Warning is in effect for the Golden Horseshoe and all surrounding areas in Southern Ontario and the warning is as follows:
“Humidex values reaching 40 are expected.
A heat event continues through Monday.
Daytime maximum values of 31 degrees or higher are expected today and on Monday with Humidex values near 40. Overnight minimum temperatures will only fall to near 20 degrees, providing little relief from the heat.
A cold front is expected to to move through the area Tuesday bringing an end to this event.
Extreme heat affects everyone.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.”
Symptoms of heat-related illness may include: extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine, dizziness or fainting, rapid breathing, vomiting, and rapid heartbeat, and if any signs of heat stroke are detected you can contact emergency services for aid.
Good ways to keep cool are;
- Avoid the sun.
- Drinking lots of cool liquids, especially water before you feel thirsty. Thirst is not a reliable measure of dehydration.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
- Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
- Take a break from the heat in cool places, including a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned building such as a community centre, shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in an oven.
- Block sun out by closing curtains or blinds during the day.
- Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella
Find more about extreme heat and what to do here.
Information and Image from Environment Canada.