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Heat Warning Issued for July 21-24

Posted in the Announcements page on 07/21/2016 10:33:48 on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Heat warning issued for July 21-24

With the season’s hottest temperatures invading the region starting on Thursday, and continuing through the weekend, Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services is issuing a heat warning.

Environment Canada is forecasting daytime high temperatures of 32oC - 33oC Thursday through Saturday, along with humidex values approaching 40oC all three days. Relief from the heat is not expected for the next several days, with hot and humid conditions forecasted into next week.

During this heat warning, local municipalities will be opening up cooling centres to offer residents some relief from the heat. Oxford County Library branches, and other facilities like arenas are available for people to sit, drink some water and cool off with some air conditioning.

A list of cooling centres by municipality is available on Oxford County’s website, along with their hours of operation. The list will be updated if more facilities become available as cooling centres.

To protect your health in the heat, drink lots of water and avoid going outside. If you are outdoors, wear a hat or stay in the shade and avoid intense activity. Never leave a child or pet in a car, and remember to check on family, friends and neighbours who are at risk of health complications from heat-related illness. Some prescription or over-the-counter drugs can increase sensitivity to sun and heat.

Extra precautions should be taken when caring for children and others at risk of complication from heat-related illness, including seniors, those with chronic health conditions, and people who work outdoors. Adults caring for children should watch for the usual signs of physical distress, such as rapid breathing, weakness, and headache, as well as symptoms like vomiting, sleepiness, or changes in behaviour, for instance, temper tantrums.

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Anyone who experiences physical distress because of extreme temperatures should seek medical attention immediately either by calling 911 or going to the nearest Emergency Department.

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A new set of heat advisories/warnings are in place for 2016 based on the duration and intensity of heat events forecasted by Environment Canada. They are as follows:

  • Heat Warning: When forecast temperatures are expected to be at least 31oC and overnight temperatures are above 20oC for 2 days or the Humidex is at least 40 for two days.
  • Extended Heat Warning: When forecast temperatures are expected to be at least 31oC and overnight temperatures are above 20oC for at least 3 days or Humidex is at least 40 for at least three days.