Another heat alert in effect for London-Middlesex

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Health officials in London have reinstated a heat alert just one day after the last one ended.

Late Monday afternoon, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced a heat warning will be put in effect for at least two days. On Friday, scorching temperatures forecasted for Saturday prompted the health unit to issue a one-day heat warning that expired Sunday afternoon.

The final full week of August is expected to bring the heat and have little relief from the sweltering temperatures. Environment Canada issued a heat alert for most of southwestern Ontario on Sunday predicting daytime temperatures will reach 30 to 32 C with humidex values making things feel more like 37 to 40 C. Overnight temperatures will drop slightly hovering around 21 C.

“We have had a steady stream of hot weather and high humidity through much of the month of August. Those are conditions that a lot of us find to be very inviting, but it’s best to plan for the conditions if you’re going to be working or playing in the summer heat,” said David Pavletic, the health unit’s manager of environmental health.

Pavletic added staying hydrated by drinking only water or natural juices and covering exposed skin with light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing is necessary to help prevent heat-related illnesses while spending time outside.

More information on health risks caused by extreme heat can be found on the health unit’s website.

The health unit’s heat warning is expected to last until Thursday morning. Slightly cooler temperatures are in the forecast for Friday and into the weekend.