Environment Canada issued a Heat Warning on Thursday, which remains in effect and is expected to through the weekend and early next week as a prolonged period of heat is upon us.
The Warning reads:
A prolonged period of hot weather is expected through the weekend into early next week.
Daytime high temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius, with humidex values in the high thirties to low forties, are expected until at least Sunday, and likely beyond. Overnight lows in excess of 20 degrees Celsius are also expected through this period, providing little relief from the heat.
Please refer to your public forecast for further details on expected temperatures.
Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index approaching 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.