Hey! It’s Hot Out There!

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With the hottest weather of the year expected this week, the Algoma Public Health issues this reminder of beating the heat, on a side note, never leave animals in cars or infants. Leave plenty of cool fresh water for animals outside and make sure there is shade available.

Environment Canada has also issued a heat warning for the area.

Heat Warning in effect for:

Agawa – Lake Superior Park
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

A heat episode is expected Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures will be near 30 degrees with overnight lows dropping to near 18 degrees. Humidity will also be a factor with humidex values in the low to mid thirties both days.

The heat episode will come to an end Friday morning with the passage of a cold front.

Heat illnesses are preventable.

The Algoma region will reach 30 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Algoma Public Health would like to remind the public to follow our tips to help beat the heat.

Please remember these tips throughout the summer when we are experiencing hot humid weather.

“Exposure to extreme heat and humidity can lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” explains Chris Spooney, Program Manager with Algoma Public Health “Those most at risk for developing heat-related illnesses include the very young, the old, the chronically ill and people who exercise or are involved in demanding work outdoors for prolonged periods.”

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Remember to use common sense and follow these tips to beat the heat.

  • Avoid going out in the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If you are in the sun, wear a hat (wide-brimmed if possible).
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing.
  • Spend some time in air-conditioned places such as a shopping mall.
  • Take frequent cool showers or baths.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
  • Cook during the coolest times of the day.
  • Reschedule sport practices, exercising, etc.

In addition, visit adults who are at higher risk of a heat illness at least twice a day. Infants and children also need frequent watching for signs of a heat-related illness.