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Public Health heat warning extended through Tuesday

UPDATE: Heat warning extended to Tuesday.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has issued a heat warning ahead of the hot and humid weather Friday to Sunday.

Residents are advised that extremely hot weather can lead to heat related illnesses. People should watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion, which include skin rash, muscle cramps, swelling of hands, feet and ankles, heavy sweating, dizziness, headache or fainting, nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

People experiencing any of these symptoms should move to a cool place and drink liquids – water is recommended.

Public Health advises to check on neighbours, friends, and older family members frequently, especially those at higher risk, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.

A heat warning is issued in southern Ontario when there will be at least two consecutive days of 31°C or higher during the day and 20°C or higher at night, or, humidex values of 40°C or higher. Humidex describes how hot and humid it feels to the average person.

Heat illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recommends taking the following actions:
stay well hydrated, drink before feeling thirsty (plain water is best);
stay in an air-conditioned place (home, cooling centres);
avoid sun exposure (stay in the shade, wear SPF30+ sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, UVA & UVB protective sunglasses, and loose-fitting long shirts and pants);
take cool showers or baths and close 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 direct sunlight.

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