Heat warning issued for Durham and York Regions

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Durham and York regions heading into Tuesday (May 26).
“A heat warning occurs when the forecast conditions include a daytime high of at least 31°C and overnight temperatures of 20°C or greater, or with Humidex values of at least 40 for two or more days,” reads a media release from the Durham Region Health Department.
While extremely warm temperatures can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses, people who work or who exercise in the heat, homeless people and low-income earners. Those who take medication or have a health condition should ask their doctor or pharmacist if these medications can increase their health risk in the heat and follow the appropriate recommendations.
“Heat illnesses are preventable; however, these illnesses can lead to long-term health problems and even death. If any symptoms of heat illness are present, such as dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, or extreme thirst, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids, especially water,” the press release reads.
The most dangerous heat illness is heat stroke with symptoms that include complete or partial loss of consciousness, or confusion and high body temperature. If caring for someone with these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
“Everyone is encouraged to stay alert and take precautions. Remember to frequently check in on neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to ensure that they are cool and hydrated. It’s best to call, text or video-conference. If that is not possible, be sure to practice physical distancing,” the media release reads.
Residents are encouraged to take the following precautions to beat the heat and stay cool:
– Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
– Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
– Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.
– Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place.
– Block out the sun by opening awnings and closing curtains or blinds during the day.
– Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.
– Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
– Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

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