Peterborough Public Health has issued its first heat warning of the season, with daytime highs in the low to mid-thirties forecast and humidex values in the mid-forties. Overnight low temperatures will only fall to the low twenties, providing little or no relief from the heat.
The heat event is expected to start Saturday, June 30th and extend through to late next week. Peterborough Public Health asks that you remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours—especially seniors who live on their own—to make sure they are alright.
Extreme heat events are a potentially significant health risk and can have a severe impact on the health of vulnerable populations including infants, the elderly, shut-ins, persons with chronic diseases, the morbidly obese and the marginally housed.
The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. If you feel faint, find it hard to breathe, or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
-> Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. This decreases your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.