Heat Warning Issued For Tuesday

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for London-Middlesex as humidex values are expected to hit 40 degrees Tuesday afternoon.

The warning includes Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent counties to the west and Oxford-Brant County to the east.

A cold front is expected to sweep through the area Tuesday night to bring temperatures back down to normal.

Health risks during hot weather are greatest for infants and young children, people who work in the heat, those without access to air conditioning, and homeless people.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has issued a Heat Alert. It has offered the following tips to avoid heat-related illness.

  • Drink plenty of water and natural juices throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty.
  • Remember to take sips often and not to guzzle your drink.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
  • Where possible, avoid spending much time outdoors. If you be outside, stay in the shade as much as possible. Plan necessary outdoor activities in early morning or evening.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
  • Keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
  • Avoid turning on electric lights in the home.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.
  • Wear loose fitting, light clothing.
  • Avoid eating heavy meals and using your oven.
  • Avoid intense or moderately intense physical activity.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
  • Use fans to draw cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device during extended periods of excessive heat.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of any medications you are taking.
  • Reduce the use of personal vehicles, stop unnecessary idling; avoid using oil-based paints and glues, pesticides and gas-powered small engines.