Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park. Humidex values reaching 40 are expected for the next 3 days.
“Hot and humid conditions continue this week, with high humidex values expected,” said Environment Canada in a release. “Daytime temperatures will reach the high twenties to low thirties Wednesday and Thursday. These high temperatures will combine with high humidity to result in humidex values near 40 each day. High temperatures Friday may also reach the upper twenties with humidex values again approaching 40.”
According to Environment Canada, warm temperatures will continue to be above 20 degrees each night, providing little relief from the heat.
Cooler and less humid air is expected to arrive Friday or by this weekend.
Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can cause the Air Quality Health Index to approach the high risk category.
“Extreme heat affects everyone,” said Environment Canada. “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.”
Environment Canada recommends that residents reduce their heat risk by scheduling outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day, and by seeking a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, swimming pool, shower or bath, or air-conditioned spot like a public building.
Being prepared is key to protecting communities from negative health impacts. In a media release, 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 telephone or virtually check on friends and family members, especially those who are chronically ill, and those at higher risk, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.