New Heat Warning In Effect

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A heat warning continues today.

Environment Canada says temperatures in the low thirties are expected Thursday, with humidex values in the upper thirties.

That should break Friday evening - with a cold front forecast to move in.

Meanwhile the Leeds-Grenville-Lanark District Health Unit is warning you should always drink plenty of water on hot humid days and never leave kids or pets in the car.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paula Stewart says to beat the heat, they have some tips: 

  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your medications.
  • Drink plenty of water and 100% fruit juices throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Remember to take sips often and not to guzzle your drink.
  • Eat foods that have high water content such as watermelon, grapes and oranges.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
  • Avoid going out in the blazing sun or heat. If you must go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Whenever possible go to an air-conditioned room or building, including shopping malls and libraries
  • Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
  • Keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down low.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.
  • Visit a local pool or beach – A list of beaches sampled can be found on our website along with the most recent water sample results.
  • Avoid eating heavy meals and using your oven.
  • Use fans to draw cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan as a main cooling device during long periods of high heat and humidity.
  • Reduce the use of personal vehicles, stop unnecessary idling; avoid using oil-based paints and glues, pesticides and gas-powered small engines.