Hamilton facing two-day heat event this weekend


Published August 5, 2022 at 2:34 pm

It could feel like it is almost or more than 40C tomorrow in Hamilton, which has triggered a heat warning.

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson has initiated a Heat Warning beginning on Saturday (Aug. 6). Heat Warnings stay in effect until they are cancelled or escalated to an Extended Heat Warning.

“A two day heat event is expected Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 7),” a City of Hamilton release reads. “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.”

The Weather Network forecast has the high for Saturday pegged at 30C, with a humidex of 39. On Sunday, it is expected to be 27C, but feel like 35.

During a heat event, the City of Hamilton and participating community agencies offer “cool places.” Those locations can be identified by a “Cool Down Here” sign at the entrance.

Reguarly scheduled open swims at all city-run pools are also free of charge until the warning is lifted. Further information about spray pads, additional cool places and outdoor pools across Hamilton is available at hamilton.ca/heat.

In the meantime, Hamilton Public Health is reminding residents to take precautions to reduce one’s risk of heat-related illness. Those include.

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
  • Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a designated cool place listed on www.hamilton.ca/heat
  • Dress to protect from the heat. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing. Wear a hat or take an umbrella to keep your head cool and remember to use sunscreen.
  • Take it easy. Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day. If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellant as mosquitoes are more active at such times. Check labels to apply
  • Cool off. Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Keep your living space cool. Close your blinds or curtains. Open windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. Check on your neighbours and family.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek help right away and call 9-1-1 if needed.

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