Health unit issues weather statement for high humidity

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It will feel a little sticky in southwestern Ontario for the next couple of days.

Soon after Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent due to humidex readings flirting with 40 C, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit issued a weather statement of its own. It’s in place for Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures are not expected to reach the criteria for a heat warning, but the health unit said the humidity will make it feel warmer than it is.

“Everyone is at risk from heat, especially older adults, infants and young children, people who work or exercise in the heat and those with certain medical conditions,” read a statement issued Monday afternoon by the health unit. “Warning signs of heat-related illness include dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, weakness and confusion. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.”

The health unit recommends drinking plenty of water and water-based fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you must work outside, try to do so in the early morning or in the evening when temperatures typically aren’t that high.

Stay in an air-conditioned place if you’re able to do so, and the health unit said to never leave children or pets in a parked vehicle, even with the windows down.

The Environment Canada forecast said that the humidity will taper off by Wednesday, and cooler evening temperatures are in store for Thursday, Canada Day.

For complete information on how to stay cool and comfortable as summer gets underway, visit theĀ health unit’s official website.