Ontario sweating in heat wave

Sept. 6, 2021 (LBO) – Recent hot and dry weather conditions have prompted Environment Canada to issue a level-2 heat watch for most of Ontario, raising concerns for water supply and livestock conditions.

Ontario recorded its highest COVID-19 case count in nearly six months with 99 on Wednesday, August 29.

The previous highest COVID-19 case count recorded during this time period in 2015 was 85.

According to current data, the province will be in the midst of a heat wave for at least two days and possibly longer, according to Environment Canada.

According to Environment Canada, possible impacts of this heat include more heat-related illnesses, poor air quality, and wildfire risks, but forecast temperatures will actually ease later in the week.

Health authorities with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have advised Ontarians to remain vigilant with heat-related health concerns.

They have also issued two heat safety tips, “Know How to Beat the Heat,” and “Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink.”

The recommendations from the province state that when heading outside, people should “wear light-colored clothing, cool a spray bottle or hose, wrap wet towels around your body and drink up!”

If any temperatures register over 35 degrees Celsius, the ministry recommends avoiding strenuous activities and using fans or air conditioning at night.

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