A heat warning has been issued for Kawartha Lakes from September 5 to September 6
Kawartha Lakes – The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit is notifying Haliburton County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the Province of Northumberland that Environment Canada expects hot and humid weather to continue through Wednesday, September 6, 2023.
The HKPR District Health Unit takes preventative action by alerting the public to extreme heat events to prevent and reduce heat-related illness, directing community response, and communicating with vulnerable and priority populations. Based on Environment Canada standards, the HKPR will issue the following alerts:
- Heat warningWhen the daytime temperature is expected to be 31°C or higher, with a nighttime minimum of 20°C or higher, for two (2) consecutive days. A heat warning may also be issued when humidity is expected to reach 40 or higher for two (2) consecutive days.
- Extended heat warningWhen the same conditions as above apply, but the thermal event is expected to last for three or more days in a row.
Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can be very dangerous, especially for those most at risk to health including people who work outdoors, people who are homeless, the elderly and some people with disabilities or Chronic diseases, pregnant women, children and infants. Monitor yourself and those around you for signs of heat-related illness and seek medical attention if needed.
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Dizziness and/or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid breathing and headache
- extreme thirst
- Decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine
To help reduce your risk of heat-related illness during an extreme heat warning, be sure to drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty, and try to spend time in an air-conditioned home or public building, such as a shopping mall, library, or community center. Contact your local municipality to inquire about designated public cooling centers.
Tips for staying calm indoors
During an extreme heat warning, staying indoors can limit direct exposure to sunlight, but can also cause potential health risks if indoor temperatures become too warm. Keep cool indoors by covering windows, using a fan to circulate air, keeping lights off or low, avoiding using a stove or hot appliances, and taking a cool shower or turning on the air conditioner, if available.
Tips for staying cool outdoors
During an extreme heat warning, some people may not be able to stay indoors or access air-conditioned spaces. Stay cool outdoors by avoiding direct sunlight by staying in the shade, reducing physical activity and outdoor sports, wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat, and monitoring yourself and others for signs of heat-related illness.
Know where to go locally to help beat the heat
For those who may not have air conditioning and are looking for a place to cool off, the municipality offers the following to help you beat the heat:
- Public swimming at Lindsay Recreation Complex and Forbert Pool (Bobcaygeon)
- Splash pads are located at Tommy Anderson Park (Popcaygon), Elgin Park (Lindsay), Logy Park (Lindsay), and Garnet Graham Park (Fenelon Falls). Splash stands are scheduled to be open seven days a week from 10 am to 8 pm.
- The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes has a playing field at 107 Lindsay Street South, Lindsay which is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 5pm starting June 17th.
- Public skating at Lindsay Recreational Complex.
- All branches of the public library are air-conditioned.
- A list of all public beaches is available on the Kawartha Lakes website. Don’t forget to check the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District District Health Unit’s Local Beaches page to make sure the beach is safe for swimming before you hop on!
A cooling center will be provided to residents during this period Extended heat warnings Lindsey’s Recreational Complex. Follow us on our website to be notified of the extension of the cooling and heat warning center’s working hours. Please note that as of September 5th, we are no In extended heat warning and cooling centers no Available now.
The municipality is committed to ensuring that all residents and visitors remain safe from the effects of extreme heat. Visit www.kawarthalakes.ca/extremeheat for tips on how to stay cool and safe.
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