Health unit issues heat warning

dr - waterbabies 6c

With high temperatures and humidex values expected to hit the high 30s this afternoon, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit has issued a “heat event” warning,” urging residents to “take steps to prevent heat-related illness during this heat event.”

“Extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat related illness, however older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic health conditions, people who work or exercise in the heat, homeless people and low-income earners are at greatest risk.”

The health unit recommends taking the following actions to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
  • Take a cool shower or bath until you feel refreshed.
  • Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place such as a shopping mall, local library or community centre.
  • Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by using a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.

Look for signs and symptoms of heat illness:

  • Dizziness or fainting.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Headache.
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

“If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best. If you don’t feel better soon, seek medical help immediately.”

Environment Canada says the hot and humid airmass will remain in place into Saturday.

“Overnight minimum temperatures will remain near 20 degrees tonight. On Saturday temperatures will remain in the upper twenties with humidex values in the mid to upper thirties, however with the passage of a cold front, cooler temperatures and lower humidity is expected for the remainder of the weekend.”

Along with the heat and humidity, Environment Canada is also warning that conditions are “favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.”

“These thunderstorms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h, nickel size hail and heavy rain.

“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

——

Photo: Kyle and Clark Wright were having a blast and keeping cool at the same time, while splashing around in the huge inflatable pool set up on campus during Deep River’s Canada Day festivities.