Both a heat warning and special air quality statement are in effect for Hamilton.
The medical officer of health for the city of Hamilton has issued a heat warning starting Sunday.
Daytime highs are expected near 31 C or higher for Sunday and Monday, said a press release from the city.
Humidex values near 40 C are likely and there will be not be very much night time relief from the heat, according to the city.
The city says a warm front is expected to bring a southwesterly flow of hot and humid air over Southern Ontario.
The city and participating community agencies are responding by offering cool places to go during the heat event.
These locations can be identified by a “cool down here” sign, along with a heat metre sign, at the entrance, indicating the heat response stage.
As part of the heat response plan access to all public, family, adult and seniors’ city swimming pools will be free of charge.
According to the city, the Salvation Army has launched its mobile water distribution response and is distributing water to those in need of hydration.
Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. If experiencing symptoms, the city is asking people to seek help right away by calling 9-1-1.
Heat warnings stay in effect until they are cancelled or escalated to an extended heat warning.
For more information and a list of places to cool off visit www.hamilton.ca/heat.
Environment Canada has also issued a special air quality statement for Hamilton, warning that possible high levels of air pollution are expected today.
“A special air quality statement is in place due to the possibility of deteriorating air quality,” said the agency.
Environment Canada says people may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.
Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
The city is offering these tips to reduce your risk of heat-related illness:
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
- Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a cool place such as a mall, public recreation centres, public libraries, and other city-run air-conditioned facilities.
- 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.