Friday, December 13, 2019

Heat warning issued

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning across Chatham-Kent.

Forecasters say temperatures reaching 31 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near 21 degrees Celsius are expected for the next two days.

“A hot and humid air mass from the Southern United States will move into the region today and continue into Wednesday,” Environment Canada officials stated.

“Afternoon temperatures are expected to be in the low thirties both days. Minimum temperatures in the low twenties tonight will provide little relief from the heat.”

Humidex values in the upper thirties to near 40 are likely for both days.

“A cold front sliding down from the north will bring this heat event to an end Wednesday night,” forecasters say.

“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. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle. When it’s hot eat cool, light meals.”

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., officials say.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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