As Saultonline.com reported last week, the hottest weather of the year is here, but we can’t really call it a heatwave although it feels like one.
Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Sault Ste. Marie and area, it’s expected to expire come Wednesday.
Environment Canada considers a heat wave to occur when there are three consecutive days when the maximum temperature is 32°C or higher.
We haven’t reached that yet and likely won’t this year. This mini heatwave will end come Thursday following a passage of a cold front that will give us a chance of showers and storms developing Wednesday morning. Temperatures begin to fall Wednesday afternoon to more seasonal values of around 22c.
The Sault reached 30.9c Sunday at the Sault Airport (in town it was closer to 33c) The forecast calls for one more scorching hot day on Tuesday with a forecast high of 31c.
It’s worth noting that animals also suffer from heat exhaustion like humans, even more so due to their lack of being able to sweat. If your animals are left outside, it’s important to provide them shade and fresh water at all times. Animals left in hot cars, even with the windows open can cause death to a dog in just a few minutes. If you can’t leave your animal in an air conditioned vehicle, it’s best to leave them at home – inside from the heat.
Heat warnings are issued when weather conditions can impact on health, mainly for those suffering from a chronic illness such as lung and heart. Seniors and infants are affected from heat more than young people and adults.
Cool Tips Issued By The City:
A heat warning has been issued by Environment Canada for Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area. Daytime highs in the low thirties are expected for Monday and Tuesday with warm overnight minimum temperatures.
It is important to take precautions in extreme heat especially for older adults, infants, young children and people with chronic illnesses.
Some tips for beating the heat include:
• Staying indoors as much as possible to limit exposure to the sun. Consider spending the hottest part of the day in public buildings that have air conditioning.
• Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
• Drink fluids (water is recommended) every 15 to 20 minutes even if you do not feel thirsty.
• Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing that cover as much skin as possible.
• Check on family, friends, and neighbours who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
• If you feel dizzy, weak or overheated, go to a cool place. Sit or lie down, drink water and wash your face with cool water. If you don’t feel better soon, seek medical help.
Due to the recent and forecasted hot weather, the City is extending the hours of operation for the V. E. Greco Pool (269 Albert Street West) and Peter G. Manzo Pool (710 Young Street) on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Both pools will be available for open swimming from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both of these days. The John Rhodes Community Centre is also open to members of the public looking to escape the heat.
If you don’t have air conditioning and are looking for a place to cool down consider local libraries, malls or a friend’s place. For more tips on beating the heat, visit Algoma Public Health’s website at www.algomapublichealth.com.