Heat Warning Until Sunday

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The heat is on, with sweltring air gripping our region for the next two days.

Environment Canada has a heat warning in place for all of the Ottawa Valley, saying it won't break until Sunday morning.

The City of Pembroke is reminding people that some places will be open as cooling centres for anyone who may have no shelter from the heat ,including both of the city's shopping malls which are open until 9 on Friday night and the Pembroke Public Library, which is open until 5:30.  

A complete list can be found here:  

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is reminding you to drink plenty of water, even before feeling thirsty, avoid strenuous exercise outdoors, keep pets protected and check on vulnerable relatives and neighbours.  

Info From The Renfrew County & District Health Unit:

Renfrew County and District Health Unit recommends taking the following actions to stay cool:
• Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
• Take a cool shower or bath until you feel refreshed.
• Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place such as a shopping mall, local library or community centre.
• Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by using a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.

Look for signs and symptoms of heat illness:
• Dizziness or fainting.
• Nausea or vomiting.
• Headache.
• Rapid breathing and heartbeat.
• Extreme thirst.
• Decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best. If you don't feel better soon, seek medical help immediately.   For additional tips on how to stay safe, where you can access a cooling station and what to do during an extreme heat-related emergency please visit www.rcdhu.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RCDHealthUnit