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Health Unit Issues Extended Heat Warning for Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland Areas

With hot, humid weather forecast for the next few days, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has issued an Extended Heat Warning for the area.

The Extended Heat Warning applies to this Tuesday (July 12), Wednesday (July 13), and Thursday (July 14) for all of Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. According to the Environment and Climate Change Canada forecast, the heat will arrive Tuesday with high temperatures in the low to mid-thirties and lows of 20 to 23 °Celsius. While there may be occasional relief due to showers or thunderstorms during the period, humidex values are expected to peak near 40 °C Tuesday through Thursday.

“Hot summer weather can take a toll on people, resulting in heat-related illness, so we encourage local residents not to overdo things,” says Carol Chan, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, with the HKPR District Health Unit. “An extended heat warning is a reminder for people to drink plenty of water, and seek out cool places.”

Heat can be a health risk, affecting everyone, but especially infants, elderly people, and people with chronic diseases. Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are preventable. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, headache, fainting, paleness, weakness, tiredness, dizziness, and nausea.

The Health Unit issues an Extended Heat Warning when the maximum day time temperature is expected to be greater or equal to 31°C and the night time temperature is greater or equal to 20°C or the humidex is greater or equal to 40°C for two consecutive days. Depending on changes to the forecast for the next few days, the Extended Heat Warning may be continued or terminated.

During the extreme hot weather, the Health Unit advises local residents to take the following precautions:

• Avoid outdoor sports activities or moderately intense physical activity.

• Check-in with vulnerable family, friends, acquaintances, clients.

• Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices even if you don’t feel very thirsty.

• Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.

• Avoid going out in the sun or heat when possible. If outside, stay in the shade and plan to go out early in the morning or evening when it is cooler.

• Go to air conditioned facilities (shopping malls, libraries, community centres or a friend’s).

• Keep shades, drapes, and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home, but keep windows slightly open. If you do not have air conditioning, use fans.

• Keep lights off or turned down low.

• Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide brimmed hat.

• Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.

• Avoid heavy meals and using your oven.

For media inquiries please contact:

Carol Chan, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health, (905) 885-9100.

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