Environment Canada issued a Heat Warning on Thursday morning to remain in effect through the weekend as a prolonged period of heat is expected. This heat could even last into the beginning of next week.
The Warning reads:
A prolonged period of hot weather is expected.
Timing: This afternoon through Sunday. The heat event is likely to persist into next week.
Maximum temperatures today: 32 to 35 degrees Celsius (Humidex 35 to 38).
Maximum temperatures Friday: 32 to 34 degrees Celsius (Humidex 36 to 40).
Maximum temperatures Saturday: 32 to 35 degrees Celsius (Humidex 36 to 40).
Maximum temperatures Sunday: 31 to 35 degrees Celsius (Humidex 37 to 42).
Minimum overnight temperatures: 20 to 23 degrees Celsius.
Locations: Portions of Southwestern Ontario, The Golden Horseshoe and portions of Eastern Ontario.
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.
Extreme heat affects everyone.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.
As the warning reminds us this risk is greater in vulnerable members of the community; so please take time to care for those who cannot care for themselves.
Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay safe!
Image and Information from Environment Canada.