The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has issued its first heat warning of the season, with sunshine and hot temperatures expected over the weekend.
Environment Canada is forecasting sunny skies and a maximum temperature of 31 ° C, which feels more like 33 with the Humidex on Saturday. In addition, gusts of up to 50 km / h and temperatures that drop to 20 ° C overnight are forecast.
Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high of 31.
“The high UV index that we expect to accompany these hot and sunny conditions will bring challenges of its own that people need to be aware of,” Randy Walker, a health inspector for MLHU, said in a statement.
“Not only will it be important to stay hydrated and take sun breaks, it’s also very important to cover exposed skin with light, loose-fitting clothing and use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect exposed skin.”
The health department also suggests the following:
- Do not leave a child or pet in a parked vehicle
- Don’t sleep directly in the sun
- Find shade when you need to be outside
- Avoid alcohol or beverages containing caffeine
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck from the sun
- Close the curtains or blinds on the sunny side of your home
- Avoid intense physical activity outdoors
The health department issues heat warnings when Environment Canada predicts a daytime high of at least 31 ° C, along with an overnight low of 20 ° C for at least two days. You will also warn you for at least two consecutive days if the Humidex is 40 or higher.
Londoners can cool off on one of the many spray pads across the city. (Sara Jabakhanji / CBC)
The City’s spray pads are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. across London.
A cooling center for the homeless is available at the Hamilton Road Seniors Center, 525 Hamilton Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Temperatures are expected to remain high through next week, although a change in showers is predicted. According to Environment Canada, Monday calls for a mixture of sun and clouds with a 30 percent chance of rain and a high of 29.
You can find more information on the dangers of extreme heat exposure on the MLHU website.