Public Health issues heat warning for Elgin, Oxford Counties area

The St. Thomas and Oxford and Elgin counties public health unit issued a heat warning for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The St. Thomas and Oxford and Elgin counties public health unit issued a heat warning for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Southwestern public health officials said warm temperatures are expected across the region starting Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday evening. These temperatures are expected to reach between the low and mid 30s C.

Overnight temperatures above 20C are also expected for Tuesday and Wednesday nights, health unit officials said.

A Heat Warning is issued by the Health Unit when Environment Canada forecasts temperatures that reach at least 31 C or a Humidex value that reaches 40 C and above for at least two consecutive days, as well as overnight temperatures of at least 20 C.

During a heat warning, residents are urged to protect themselves and the most vulnerable from heat-related illnesses. Those most vulnerable to the effects of heat are the elderly, infants and young children, the homeless without shelter or proper clothing, and outdoor workers.

Anyone experiencing heat-related physical distress should seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency department.


A few tips for beating the heat

  • During extreme temperature conditions, stay indoors in an air-conditioned building if possible
  • Limit time in the sun when the ultraviolet index is most intense, usually 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Seek shade outdoors, especially at midday
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while limiting the intake of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher about 20 to 30 minutes before going out and reapply every two to three hours.


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