Health unit issues weekend heat warning
Prepare for yet another scorching hot weekend.
The Perth District health unit issued a heat warning Friday after temperatures and humidex levels are expected to be extreme starting Saturday.
The health unit issues these warnings when temperatures are expected to reach a daytime high of at least 31 C with daytime lows hovering around 20 C or a humidex of 40 C or higher for two consecutive days.
The health unit is asking people to take all necessary precautions, noting extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.
Population groups that are at higher risk of suffering from heatrelated illness include seniors, infants and young children, and people with chronic illnesses or who take certain medications.
The health unit is also encouraging residents to check on family, friends and neighbours who may be at risk during this time.
What to do during a heat warning
• Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water
• Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest times of the day; reschedule or plan them for the cooler times of the day
• Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric
• Never leave people or pets
inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight
• Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place, such as a tree-shaded area, swimming facility, or an air-conditioned spot, such as a public building, shopping mall, grocery store, or public library
• Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed
• Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven
• Block sun out by closing curtains or blinds during the day
• Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or by using an umbrella