Temperatures are teetering on the brink of an official heat warning. Whether we reach that threshold or not, please remember to take precautions and have a plan for the summer’s hot and humid weather.
What could be in that plan?
- How you’ll stay hydrated (fluids and a water bottle)
- Knowing where you can stop for an air-conditioned rest (or inviting others to your home to cool off, if you have air conditioning)
- Planning to do outdoor activities earlier in the morning or later in the evening, when it’s not so hot
- Remembering to check on children, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions (they’re most at-risk for heat-related illness)
- Finding an alternative for your pet - never leave pets or people in the car or in direct sunlight
- Having sunscreen on hand so you can apply regularly
What is a heat warning?
Environment Canada issues a heat warning when the forecast shows at least two days in a row with daytime highs above 31°C accompanied by nighttime lows above 20°C, or when the forecast shows at least two days in a row with a humidex over 40°C.
For more information about protecting yourself from extreme heat, visit our Extreme Heat page.