Heat Warning in effect for Stratford and area

Katie Ramirez
July 20, 2019

Due to high temperatures and humidex levels, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Leeds and Grenville area.

The Weather Service forecast office in Chicago, for example, is calling this "one of the hotter and more humid air masses since 2012". On Sunday, the region could get as hot as 102 degrees.

Meteorologists expect much of the Canada and the USA -from Chicago to Boston-to reach the triple-digits this weekend, with record-breaking temperatures in some regions.

Outdoors workers and athletes, and their supervisors and coaches, should take extra precautions to prevent overexertion. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Also make sure you know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. The auto had to be turned around to adjust for the changing angle of the sun, and the temperature in the back seat did get significantly hotter in that time, reaching 144.5 degrees.

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Here comes the hottest stretch this summer, and the first heat wave of 2019. It looks like some town will be a couple of degrees warmer.

It's going to be hot and muggy today.

"Earth is running a fever that won't break thanks to climate change", climatologist Kathie Dello told the Associated Press.

The average monthly high for Brockville in July is 25 C, with the record in the last 50 years of 31 C being reached three times, most recently last year. We could see a stray chance for a shower or two both days. Not even for a minute. Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing can help, too; the looseness allows air to circulate around the body, and light colors reflect sunlight. "Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place". Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.

Stay hydrated by drinking fluids.

Stay in the shade as much as possible, and wear a large hat or carry a parasol. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.

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