Wednesday, July 17, 2024

‘Dangerously hot and humid conditions’ in the forecast for Eastern Ontario this week

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Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for much of Eastern Ontario, including the Quinte region, Lanark County and Leeds and Grenville. The prolonged heat event is expected to begin today (Monday, June 17).

“Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected through most of the week,” reads Environment Canada’s heat warning.

Daytime highs through much of the week are expected to be 30 to 35 degrees Celsius with humidex values of 40 to 45. There will be little relief at nighttime, with lows expected to be 20 to 23 degrees Celsius with humidex values of 26 to 30.

“Temperatures and humidex values may be several degrees cooler near the shores of the Great Lakes,” the heat warning explains.

Residents are reminded that hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index approaching the high risk category.

While extreme heat can affect everyone’s health, Environment Canada reminds folks that health risks are greater for older adults, infants and young children, pregnant people, people with physical and/or mental illnesses, and people with disabilities or mobility issues.

People are reminded to never leave children or pets inside a parked vehicle, and to for the effects of heat illness such as swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

If heat stroke is suspcted, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you or someone you are caring for has a high body temperature and are confused, has stopped sweating or becomes unconscious.

“While waiting for help, cool the person right away: move them to a cool place, apply cold water to large areas of the skin and fan the person as much as possible,” the heat warning urges.

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