Heat warning: Hot and humid weather in the forecast for Ottawa

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It’s a hot and humid start to the new work week.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Ottawa, Gatineau, Cornwall-Morrisburg, Prescott and Russell, and Smiths Falls, Lanark and Sharbot Lake.

In a statement, Environment Canada says “a heat event is expected from today into Tuesday.”

The forecast calls for a high of 32C in Ottawa today, but with the humidex it will feel like 40 degrees. 

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the Ottawa area at around 3:30 p.m. Monday, as a line of storms moved across the region. It ended just after 6:30 p.m.

Here is a look at the forecast for Ottawa from Environment Canada:

Today: A mix of sun and cloud with a chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm. High 32C, with the humidex it will feel like 40 degrees.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers early this evening. Low 20C.

Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud with a 40 per cent chance of showers in the afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm. High 29C, with the humidex it will feel like 36 degrees.

Wednesday: Sunny. High 30C.

Thursday: Sunny. High 29C.

Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 28C.

Tips to stay cool

Ottawa Public Health offers tips to stay cool during the heat wave:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Avoid heavy outdoor activity
  • Wear a hat, light and loose-fitting clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses when outside
  • Bring an umbrella and water when you leave home
  • Cool off in an air-conditioned space
  • Cool off in the shade or at a park or greenspace
  • Use a fan and mist your skin with water
  • Take cool baths and showers as often as needed
  • Keep your home cool by closing blinds and curtains on any windows facing the sun