Hamilton under heat warning

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Published June 17, 2024 at 11:01 am

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The City of Hamilton has initiated a Heat Warning beginning today, with “dangerous hot and humid conditions” expected through most of the week.

The City’s Medical Officer of Health initiated the Heat Warning, which will stay in effect until they are cancelled or escalated to an ‘Extended Heat Warning.’

Daytime highs are expected to be 30°C to 35°C this week with humidex values of 40°C to 45°C.

The City and local community agencies are responding to the heat by offering cool places to go during all stages of a heat event. These locations can be identified by a ‘Cool Down Here’ sign at the entrance. For more information visit. www.hamilton.ca/heat

As part of the heat response plan regularly scheduled Open Swims at all City of Hamilton indoor pools will be free of charge.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. If experiencing symptoms, seek help right away – call 9-1-1 if needed.

Reduce your risk of heat-related illness by following these precautions:

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
  • Go to an air-conditioned place, such as a designated cool place listed on hamilton.ca/heat
  • Dress to protect from the heat. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing. Wear a hat or take an umbrella to keep your head cool and don’t forget sunscreen.
  • Take it easy. Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day. If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellant as mosquitoes are more active at such times. Check labels to apply
  • Cool off. Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Keep your living space cool. Close your blinds or curtains. Open windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes.
  • Check on your neighbours and family.

Landlords can help to decrease the risk of heat-related illness for tenants. Connect with tenants to determine if units have adequate cooling. If not, provide tenants with onsite access to a cool space.

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