Friday, August 12, 2022

Heat warning issued this weekend in Chatham-Kent

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning in Chatham-Kent as a two day heat event is expected Saturday and Sunday.

“Maximum temperatures are expected to be in the low thirties with minimum temperatures in the low to mid-twenties, bringing little relief from the heat,” forecasters say.

“Humidex values are expected to reach the low forties. Cooler temperatures are expected on Monday. Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index approaching the high risk category.”

Environment Canada officials added: “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. Check on older family, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle. Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.”

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, forecasters added.

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

When Environment Canada issues a heat warning, daytime cooling centres across Chatham- Kent will be available, Municipal officials say.

The following cooling centres will be open this week in light of the heat warning:

Hope Haven (183 Wellington St. W., Chatham)
9:00AM-5:00PM Saturday August 6th & Sunday August 7th

Ashley’s Place (75 Queen St. N., Tilbury)
11:00AM-3:00PM Saturday August 6th

James St. Drop-In Centre (719 James St., Wallaceburg)
Residents are asked to call to confirm operational times for this cooling station location as hours may vary. (226-626-8996)

Municipal Centres and Libraries are also available to get out of the heat.

For a list of available Centres and their hours of operation, please visit: https://www.chatham-kent.ca/services/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx.

For a list of Library locations and their hours of operation, please visit: Branch Information (chatham-kent.ca).

Anyone experiencing homelessness and in need of further assistance, including transportation, is asked to contact the Homeless Response Line at 519.354.6628 (24/7).

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