Heat warning for Cornwall, SD&G; Cornwall cooling center set up

SD&G – It’s going to be a scorcher for the rest of the week, prompting Environment Canada to issue a heat warning.

The agency says highs for today, Friday and Saturday will be in the low to mid 30s and with the humidity it will feel like it’s closer to 40 degrees.

The overnight lows will be 18-20 degrees.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning residents to be careful to avoid possible heat related illness like heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

It shared the following tips:

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric. Dress babies and young children very lightly and do not bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
  • Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, an air-conditioned spot, or a cooling centre.
  • Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.
  • Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.
  • Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
  • Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.
  • Limit your physical activity.
  • Be aware that children are unable to perspire as much as adults and are therefore more prone to heat stress.
  • Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if the medications you are taking or any health condition you may have increase your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendations.

In Cornwall, the city will open a cooling center at the Benson Center on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Splash pads are open daily with limits on group numbers.