Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the London-Middlesex region with temperatures a relief from the heat and humidity expected for Tuesday.
Temperatures are expected to hit nearly 30C on Monday, with humidex readings nearing 40C in the London area, Parkhill, Strathroy, Komoka and east and west Middlesex counties, Environment Canada says.
The public are being urged to drink plenty of water, stay cool and watch for signs of heat illness – as well as check on elderly neighbors, family and friends. Air quality can be affected by hot and humid air and can put you in the high-risk category on the Air Quality Health Index.
Middlesex-London Health Unit tips for preventing heat-related illness include:
- Drink plenty of water and natural juices throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty.
- Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or sleep outside in direct sunlight.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages as well as coffee and cola.
- If possible, avoid spending too much time outdoors. If you must be outside, seek shade as much as possible. Plan outdoor activities in the early morning or evening.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat outdoors.
- Keep shades or curtains drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
- Avoid turning on electric lights in your home.
- Take a cool bath or shower regularly, or cool off with cool, damp towels.
- Avoid eating heavy meals and using your oven.
- Avoid intense or moderate-intensity physical activity.
- Use fans to draw in cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan as the primary cooling device during prolonged periods of excessive heat.
- Reduce personal vehicle usage, stop unnecessary idling; Avoid using oil-based paints and glues, pesticides, and small gas-powered engines.