Multi-day heat event continues in Kingston area

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Earlier this week, Environment Canada issued a statement saying that a “multi-day heat event” was occurring in the Kingston area. Originally forecast to continue through Thursday, the accompanying heat warning has now been extended.

The continued hot weather has prompted the national weather authority to issue another heat warning on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jul. 5, 2023. The heat event is expected to continue through Friday, Jul. 7, 2023.

“A multi-day heat event continues,” Environment Canada said, noting that maximum temperatures may reach 29 to 33 degrees Celsius with a humidex of 37 to 40 degrees.

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

The overnight lows are expected to dip down to between 18 and 21 degrees Celcius, and areas near the lakes could be slightly cooler than regions further inland, according to the warning.

“Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index approaching the high-risk category. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions,” the national weather agency said.

“The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions,” Environment Canada cautioned. “Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.”

To escape the heat, the City of Kingston has a list of cool down locations available this summer. The City notes that public holidays may affect the hours of some of these locations, so it’s best to call ahead if possible when seeking relief on a holiday. See the list here.

KFL&A Public Health is likely to extend its heat warning, as well. The heat warning issued earlier this week can be read here, and this article will be updated if any further information becomes available.

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