Residents are advised that the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has issued an extended heat warning for Northumberland County. Environment Canada is forecasting hot, humid weather to continue until July 6, 2020.
A Heat Warning is issued when the day-time temperature is forecast to be 31°C or higher, with a minimum day-time low of 20°C or higher, for two consecutive days. A heat warning can also be issued when the humidex is forecast to be 40°C or higher for two consecutive days.
An Extended Heat Warning is issued when the same conditions apply above, but the heat event is expected to last for three or more days in a row.
The Health Unit encourages people to take steps to protect themselves during extremely hot, humid weather. Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can be very dangerous, especially for infants, older adults, and people with chronic diseases. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, headache, fainting, paleness, weakness, tiredness, dizziness, and nausea. If residents experience heat-related illness or symptoms, they should seek medical attention.
During a heat warning, or anytime when temperatures become uncomfortably warm, the Health Unit advises people to:
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