Heat alert

Public Health advises residents to be prepared for hot summer days

June 9, 2017

Environment Canada is forecasting high temperatures to roll in later this weekend and possibly last several days into the week. It’s too early to know if temperatures will reach the criteria for a heat warning. However, it looks like it will be hot so Public Health is reminding residents about precautions to take when the temperatures rises.

Be sure to check Environment Canada’s forecast for warnings and plan your day accordingly. Environment Canada issues a heat warning when the forecast for two days is a daytime temperature of 31°C or warmer with a nighttime temperature of 20°C or warmer, or two days when the humidex reaches 40 or greater.

To prepare for heat waves this summer, it’s advisable to find out what air-conditioned spaces are available in your community. These could be community centres, libraries or even shopping centres. Be sure to check out your local municipality’s website to find the hours for public facilities.

When a heat warning has been issued, seek out those air conditioned spaces, limit outdoor activity to the early morning or evening hours and drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Do not leave children or pets in direct sunlight or a parked vehicle.

“The high heat, humidity and exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be hazardous to your health,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “Take special care of children, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions because they are at the greatest risk of heat-related illness.”

It’s important to take precautions all summer long and develop healthy habits like carrying water, knowing where to find air conditioning, and checking Environment Canada’s forecast so you’re prepared and ready for those sweltering days.