EOHU urges caution during heat event

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EOHU urges caution during heat event
Heat Warning.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Cornwall and the surrounding area.

“Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will soar to the low thirties. Warm temperatures are expected both Monday and Tuesday nights with temperatures likely only briefly reaching the low twenties overnight,” the Environment Canada Warning reads. “Afternoon humidex values will also reach 40 in many areas both days. The heat may last into mid week, although there is some uncertainty at this point. Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index to approach the high risk category.”

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is urging residents to be mindful of the impact extreme heat can have on health.

The EOHU warns of the following symptoms of heat illness: dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine. The EOHU recommends that anyone experiencing heat illness to go into a cool place and drink water.

Individuals who are experiencing confusion, loss of consciousness or are hot but have stopped sweating maybe experiencing heat stroke, which is a medical emergency and 9-1-1 should be called immediately for medical assistance.

According to The Weather Network temperatures in Cornwall will reach highs in the high thirties to low forties throughout the coming week.

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