Heat warning this week for Oshawa, Durham

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Published August 10, 2021 at 7:58 pm

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Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Durham Region this week.

The heat event is expected to begin tomorrow Wednesday, August 11 and is expected to last until the evening of Friday, August 13.

Durham Region’s Health Department advises of a few ways to beat the heat:

• If you do go outdoors, drink plenty of water, seek shade and wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses, and a hat. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Or try to reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
• Maintain physical distancing when checking in with vulnerable neighbours, friends, and older family members.
• Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Outside temperatures of 23°C /73°F can become dangerously hot inside the car with temperatures becoming higher than 50°C/122°F inside the car, which can lead to serious illness and death.
• Anyone seeing a person or pet unattended in a hot vehicle at any time should call 911 immediately.

• There are ways to keep your home cool even without an air conditioner. Close curtains or blinds during the day, open windows to cool your household in the evening and use a fan.
• If you must work outside or do physical activity outdoors, take extra breaks, drink lots of water and wear less gear, if possible. Remember to ensure to maintain physical distancing and stay two metres apart from co-workers and others.
• Durham Region outreach staff actively patrol the city to refer individuals without shelter or in need of services to resources in the community. If you see or know someone in need of immediate emergency shelter call 9-1-1 or visit Emergency Shelters webpage or the City of Oshawa’s Unsheltered webpage at www.oshawa.ca/unsheltered.

The City of Oshawa is also offering a few options to stay cool:

• Cooling centres will operate from Wednesday, August 11 until Friday, August 13 at City Hall (50 Centre Street South) and all City recreational facilities. Washrooms and drinking water are available.
• Splash Pads will extend operation hours until sunset from Wednesday, August 11 until Friday, August 13.
• Lakeview Park Beach (weather permitting) will extend supervision hours until sunset from Wednesday August 11 until Friday, August 13. Access to the beach will be monitored and controlled between 11:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 

Learn more about cooling centres and options to beat the heat at Oshawa.ca/staycool.

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