Health Unit issues heat warning

SDG – Officials with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit issued a heat warning beginning July 10th for at least the next two days. Environment and Climate Change Canada has forecast a high of 31 Celsius for July 11th, with the Humidex reaching 39 Celsius.

The EOHU says that everyone is at risk during a heat event, but those risks are greater for older adults, infants, young children, people with chronic illness, people who work or exercise in the heat, homeless people, and low-income earners.

The agency recommends that people drink plenty of cool liquids including water to avoid the risk of dehydration. They also recommend rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler parts of the day, wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made from breathable fabrics. Dress babies and young children very lightly and do not bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.

Do not leave people or pets in a parked car or in direct sunlight, take frequent breaks if working in the sun, or find shade or an air-conditioned spot like a public building or shopping mall.

The ECCC forecast for South Dundas has temperatures slightly lower on Friday, with a high of 28 Celsius, 27 Celsius on Saturday and Sunday. Normal temperatures for this time of year average 27 Celsius during the day, with a low of 15 Celsius at night.


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