Saturday, August 8, 2020

Heat warning issued across Chatham-Kent

A heat warning has been issued in Chatham-Kent by Environment Canada, as a long duration heat event is expected Thursday through Sunday, and potentially into early next week.

“Daytime high temperatures in the low to mid thirties with overnight lows near 21 degrees Celsius are expected,” forecasters say.

“Please refer to your public forecast for further details on expected temperatures.”

Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index to approach the high risk category, forecasters added.

“Extreme heat affects everyone,” Environment Canada officials stated.

“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.”

Environment Canada is encouraging people to watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

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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