Ending Summer Holidays on a Very Hot Note!

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It appears we’re in for a long stretch of Summer weather, in fact this could end up being the hottest week in the Sault all Summer.  Temperatures are expected to return to the upper 20’s low 30’s and with humidity factored in, feeling closer to 40c for most of the week heading into the long Labour day weekend.  A heatwave is described as three consecutive days of temperatures 30’c or higher, and we could very well achieve that this week.

Environment Canada has issued the following WARNING for the area:

3:43 PM EDT Sunday 30 August 2015
Heat Warning in effect for:

Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
A period of daytime temperatures of 29 degrees Celsius or more and overnight lows near 16 degrees will begin Monday afternoon and continue until early Wednesday morning. Humidex values will be in the mid to high thirties Monday and Tuesday. Slightly cooler temperatures are expected Wednesday afternoon.

While extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for
– older adults
– infants and young children
– people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses
– people who work in the heat
– people who exercise in the heat
– people without access to air conditioning and
– homeless people.

Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

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.