Heat warning for C-K

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Monday and Tuesday are bringing the heat to Chatham-Kent.

Environment Canada has issued a head warning for our municipality for today and tomorrow due to the high temperatures and humidity.

Heat warnings are called for when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature greater than or equal to 31C and a nighttime temperature greater than or equal to 21C or a humidex greater than 42C.

The temperatures today and Tuesday are expected to hit 31C.

Symptoms of heat-related illness may include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine. If you have these symptoms, move to a shaded or air conditioned area, drink plenty of fluids, and rest. Contact your health-care provider, a friend, or a family member for assistance if needed.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature, is unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating.

Friends, family, and neighbours should check on those who may be vulnerable to overheating and who may need help keeping cool or taking other preventative actions.

CK Public Health officials encourage residents to drink plenty of liquids; seek cooler or air-conditioned spaces; wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing; take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck and arms; avoid strenuous activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; avoid going out in the sun if possible; and keep curtains closed to block the sun during the day to help prevent heat-related illnesses.

For more information on heat-related illness, visit https://ckphu.com/health-topics/weather/extreme-heat/ or contact CK Public Health at 519-355-1071.

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