Kingston, Ont. area public health issues heat warning for 7 areas – Kingston
Drinking cool fluids like water, avoiding direct sunlight and planning strenuous outdoor activities for the cooler part of the day are just some of the recommendations KFL&A Public Health made after issuing a warning. heat for a number of areas in the region.
The heat warning is in effect until Wednesday July 20 and includes South Frontenac, Plevna, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, Tamworth, Bon Echo Park and Denbigh.
“We have issued a heat wave warning,” confirmed Martha Hodge, environmental health facilitator at KFL & A Public Health.
“The forecast matches the high temperatures right now.”
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Temperatures are expected to reach 31°C over the next two days and could approach 40°C with the Humidex.
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Hodge predicts that warnings like the one just issued could become more common in the years to come.
“We’re seeing temperatures rise and I think with global warming you’ll see a lot more of that. That’s the new trend, unfortunately,” Hodge said.
In Sydenham, dozens of residents flocked to the local beach to cool off and beat the heat.
“We spend a lot of time watering around the house, and now that our kids are getting a bit older, we can spend time at the beach more often,” said Sydenham resident Bailey Gurr.
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Kara Gibson, who was also at Sydenham Beach, says she has two main ways to stay cool during the scorching summer days.
“Try to stay inside if it’s really, really hot, or I’m here to be honest,” Gibson said.
Nighttime shouldn’t bring much relief either, with the nighttime low being 20C.
KFL&A Public Health is also asking residents to do wellness checks if they know seniors, people with chronic illnesses as well as other residents who don’t have air conditioning.
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