The Ottawa region and a large portion of Ontario received its first tasted of the Summer season over the weekend with lots of sunshine and very warm temperatures.
The first Heat Warning of the season was issued on Saturday, lasted all day Sunday and will continue through Monday. Temperatures in Ottawa-Gatineau are expected to hit 32 degrees, with a humidex pushing the 40 degree mark, before temperatures cool down on Tuesday.
Ottawa Public Health is reminding residents to follow these procedures to help stay cool and safe during this warm stretch and during the summer months…
- Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, preferably water and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol;
- Avoid or be very cautious if engaging in strenuous physical activity outdoors;
- Limit or avoid direct exposure to the sun and look for shade;
- Look for shelter in an air-conditioned location such as a shopping mall, local library or community centre;
- Never leave children, the elderly, or pets unattended in a car even with the windows open;
- Stay connected with people in your community who have a difficult time coping with hot weather and those who live alone and check on them regularly.