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Heat warning for Huron, Perth and Northern Wellington

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Huron Perth. A two day heat event is expected Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7.

Maximum temperatures are expected to be in the high twenties or low thirties with minimum temperatures in the low twenties, bringing little relief from the heat.

Humidex values are expected to reach the high thirties or low forties. Cooler temperatures are expected on Monday, August 8.

Heat warnings are issued when high temperature or humidity conditions reach criteria established by Environment Canada and are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

While extreme heat affects everyone, the risks are greater for young children, pregnant individuals, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people experiencing homelessness, and people working or exercising outdoors.

Huron Perth Public Health reminds people to take measures to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as:

- Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. You may be dehydrated before you start feeling thirsty. - Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day. - Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric. - Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight. - Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place, such as a tree-shaded area or air-conditioned space. - Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed. - Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven. -Block sun out by closing curtains or blinds during the day. - Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.

Heat-related 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 of heat illnesses, which include:

- Dizziness or fainting - Nausea or vomiting - Headache - Rapid breathing and heartbeat - Extreme thirst - Decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of these systems during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids.

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