MUNICIPALITY OF PORT HOPE – HEAT WARNING

Residents are advised that Environment Canada issued a heat warning for the area. Environment Canada is forecasting hot, humid weather to continue over the next two days.

A heat warning is issued when the daytime temperature is forecast to be 31°C or higher, with a minimum daytime low of 20°C or higher, for two consecutive days. A heat warning can also be issued when the humidex is forecast to be 40°C or higher for two consecutive days.

Municipal cooling centres

To find relief from the heat, residents may visit the following cooling centres:

  • The Jack Burger Sports Complex (JBSC), located at 60 Highland Drive. Upon arrival at the facility, please wear a mask, sign-in, conduct the required COVID-19 self-screening and follow physical distancing protocols. The JBSC is open Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Port Hope Public Library (PHPL) – Mary J. Benson Branch, located at 31 Queen Street. Upon arrival at the facility, please wear a mask, sign-in, conduct the required COVID-19 self-screening and follow physical distancing protocols. The PHPL is open Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How to protect yourself from the heat

Environment Canada encourages you to take steps to protect yourself during extremely hot, humid weather. Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can be very dangerous, especially for infants, older adults, and people with chronic diseases. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, headache, fainting, paleness, weakness, tiredness, dizziness, and nausea. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should seek medical attention.

During a heat warning, or anytime when temperatures become uncomfortably warm, you can protect yourself by:

  • Avoid going out in the sun or heat when possible.
  • Stay cool, and if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, seek a cool public location.
  • When outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible. If you plan to go outside during a very hot day, do so early in the morning or evening, when it is cooler.
  • Avoid outdoor sports and physical activity.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing and a wide brimmed hat.
  • Drink lots of water, even if you do not feel very thirsty. Avoid alcohol, coffee/tea and pop.
  • Check in regularly with vulnerable family, friends, neighbours, and others who could be affected by the heat. These include children, older adults, and persons with chronic illnesses. Make sure they are OK and are well-hydrated.
  • Eat light, cool foods, and avoid heavy meals that involve using the oven or other hot appliances.
  • Keep shades, drapes and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home, but keep windows open slightly. If you do not have air conditioning, use fans.
  • Keep lights off or turned low.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically, or cool down with cool, wet towels.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a closed, parked vehicle.

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