KFL&A Public Health has issued a heat warning for residents of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington area, stating that hot and humid weather will be affecting parts of this area this long weekend and may have adverse health effects. According to Environment Canada, the hot weather conditions will start Sunday, August 5, 2018 and continue until Tuesday August 7, 2018. Daytime high temperatures are expected to be in the low- to mid-thirties and overnight low temperatures may not go below twenty degrees Celsius.
A heat warning is issued by Environment Canada for the KFL&A area by when the forecasted maximum temperature is expected to be greater than or equal to 31°C and the lowest nighttime temperature is anticipated to be at or above 20°C for a period of 2 days or longer. A warning will also be issued if the anticipated humidex is 40°C or warmer for a period of 2 days or longer.
While everyone is at risk during heat events, the health risks are greatest for older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses or who take certain medications, people who work or who exercise in the heat, and people without access to air-conditioned spaces.
KFL&A Public Health recommends taking the following actions to stay cool:
- Drinking plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
- Avoiding direct sun exposure, for example by sitting under a tree, wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat, or using an umbrella.
- Taking a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place; take cool showers.
- Rescheduling strenuous outdoor activity or planning outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- Wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
- Blocking the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
- Never leaving people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
KFL&A Public Health encourages people to visit neighbours, friends, and older family members frequently, especially those who are chronically ill, and those at higher risk, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.