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Heat warning issued for Kingston and the area

Photo by Patrick Selin.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Kingston and the area on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, upgrading their previous special weather statement.

The warning is in effect for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, and Consecon, and advises of the first heat event of the year taking place this week.

“Temperatures will soar to near the thirty degree mark today and Wednesday. Indications suggest above normal temperatures near thirty again on Thursday,” Environment Canada said. “Humidex values in the mid to upper thirties will prevail each afternoon. Some relief is expected near the shorelines of the Great Lakes.”

The national weather agency said that these high temperatures and extreme heat affect everyone, and that the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

“Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place,” the warning reads. “Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.”

According to Environment Canada, a cold front will deliver considerably cooler and less humid air to Southern Ontario on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Environment Canada issues heat warnings when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

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