Warmth warning for London and Middlesex County from Tuesday – London


With summer weather in the forecast, the Middlesex London Health Unit has issued the first heat alert of the season for the London area and Middlesex County.

Environment Canada calls for sunshine on Monday with a maximum temperature of 30C and a humidity level of 37C. The temperature is expected to rise to 31 degrees on Tuesday with a humidex reading of 36 degrees.

MLHU said the expected high of 31C meets the threshold for issuing a heat alert.

The one-day warning will apply Tuesday through Wednesday, when showers and cooler temperatures are expected to move to the area.

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David Pavletic, manager of environmental health at MLHU, said although Monday’s temperature was very hot, it didn’t quite reach the threshold for an alert.

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“Despite the nice weather over the weekend, we haven’t had this kind of heat in a while and sometimes we need a reminder of how to avoid heat-related illnesses that can occur in hot and muggy conditions,” says David Pavletic, chief environmental health officer at the MLHU.

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“It’s important to plan ahead for the conditions and dress accordingly. Of course, if you find yourself strenuous working or playing outside during the warmest part of the day, remember to drink plenty of water.”

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The health department recommends that people stay hydrated, don’t stay outdoors for too long, and wear hats when outdoors to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Health officials are also reminding people not to leave children or pets in cars and to check on loved ones and the elderly who live alone to make sure they are okay.

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“If you see someone struggling outside, if they need anything, ask if they’re okay. Since the temperature rises quite sharply, the risk of heat-related illnesses is greatest,” says Pavletic.

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