Heat warning issued by Windsor-Essex health unit

Another day, another heat warning issued by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Based on information from Environment Canada, the health unit has issued the warning for both Saturday and Sunday.

A heat warning is issued when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature greater than or equal to 31 C and overnight temperatures greater than or equal to 21 C or a humidex of 42 C or greater.

Tips to prevent heat-related illness include:

  • Monitor local weather forecasts and warnings regularly
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Limit outdoor activities to the coolest part of the day
  • Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars
  • Stay connected or call to check with family members, neighbors or friends during very hot days in case they need assistance
  • Look for shade or a cool shelter in an air-conditioned location if available.
  • Learn about ways to keep your home cool during the summer (eg, keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home). If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly before the hot weather starts.

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