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Extreme heat warning continues through to Thursday

Environment Canada has extended its warning for extreme hot and humid weather to continue through to Thursday July 5.

Prince Edward County’s cooling stations are remaining open through Thursday as temperatures are forecast to reach approximately 30C with the humidex making it feel more like 40C.

Over the holiday weekend, those seeking relief at Sandbanks Provincial Park found themselves in  line ups 2-3 kms in length.  Agnese BortolussiAssistant Park Superintendent, said people are walking in more than three kms to get to beach and noted “I can’t even imagine how crowded it is on the beach.”

The Prince Edward Community Centre and the Wellington & District Community Centre have water bottle filling stations and will be open as cooling stations.

The Prince Edward Community Centre (375 Picton Main Street) will be open Tuesday, July 3, Wednesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 5 between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm.
The Wellington & District Community Centre (111 Belleville Street) will be open Tuesday, July 3, Wednesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 5 between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm.

The splash pad located in the Picton Fairgrounds and public beaches are also good places to cool off during the heat warning.

Please check on family members or elderly neighbours who may need assistance and ensure that they are staying hydrated and cool.

Prince Edward Health notes heat events put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, but health risks are greatest for:

older adults, infants and young children;

people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties or heart conditions;

people who work or exercise in the heat;

homeless people and people without access to air conditioning.

Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps). Watch for symptoms, which include:

dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting;

headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat;

extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused, or has stopped sweating. While waiting for help – cool the person right away by:

moving them to a cool place;

applying cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing; and

fanning the person as much as possible.

Heat illnesses are preventable:

stay well hydrated, drink before feeling thirsty (plain water is best);

stay in an air-conditioned place (home, shopping mall, recreational facilities);

avoid sun exposure (stay in the shade, wear SPF30+ sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, UVA & UVB protective sunglasses, and loose-fitting, light coloured, breathable clothing);

take cool showers or baths;

block the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day;

reschedule strenuous outdoor activities or plan them for cooler times of the day; and

never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

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