Heat Warning notification for the City of Hamilton
HAMILTON, ON – The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has initiated a Heat Warning beginning on June 15, 2022. Heat Warnings stay in effect until they are cancelled or escalated to an Extended Heat Warning.
A heat event is expected on Wednesday and Thursday. Daytime high temperatures are expected to reach 30 to 33 degrees Celsius, beginning Wednesday afternoon. Humidex values will likely be near 40. Overnight low temperatures are expected to be 20 to 22 degrees Celsius, providing little relief from the heat.
Hot and humid conditions will persist into Thursday, however, locales that receive showers and thunderstorms may be slightly cooler. Conditions will improve Thursday evening.
The City of Hamilton and participating community agencies are responding to the heat by offering “cool places” to go during all stages of a heat event. These locations can be identified by a “Cool Down Here” sign at the entrance. For more information visit www.hamilton.ca/heat
As part of the heat response plan regularly scheduled Open Swims at all City of Hamilton indoor pools will be free of charge.
Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. If experiencing symptoms, seek help right away – call 9-1-1 if needed.
Reduce your risk of heat-related illness by following these precautions:
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
- Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a designated cool place listed on www.hamilton.ca/heat
- 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 repellant 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.
- Information about the Heat Alert and Response System visit www.hamilton.ca/heat.
- For tips on coping with the heat and places to cool off visit www.hamilton.ca/heat or call 905-546-CITY (2489).
- Information on how heat affects human health is available on the Health Canada website.
SOURCE: City of Hamilton