The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has issued a Heat Advisory effective today.
The temperature is expected to hit 33 degrees and the humidity will make it feel like 42.
While that is unseasonally warm for this time of year, it would not be a record.
The top temperature was set in 1973 with a reading of 34.4 Celcius.
There will be a number of “cool places” people can go. They can be identified by a “Cool Down Here” sign at their entrances.
Risk of heat-related illness can be reduced by following these recommendations:
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
- Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a cool place such as a mall, public recreation centres, public libraries, and other City run air-conditioned facilities, etc.
- Dress to protect from the heat. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing. Wear a hat or take an umbrella to keep your head cool and don’t forget sunscreen.
- Take it easy. Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day. If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellent as mosquitoes are more active at such times. Check labels to apply.
- Cool off. Take a cool bath or shower.
- Keep your living space cool. Close your blinds or curtains. Open windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes.
- Check on your neighbours and family.
If experiencing symptoms, seek help right away or call 911 if needed.
For more information on how heat affects human health, see Health Canada’s website HERE
For tips on coping with the heat and places where to cool off, the public can contact 905-546-CITY (2489) Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or go to www.hamilton.ca/heat.