Summer is hitting Hamilton hard.
A special weather statement from Environment Canada shows that a high-pressure system will dominate southern Ontario's weather patterns for the next several days and send temperatures skyrocketing.
Heat and humidity hit the area on Sunday, bringing afternoon temperatures near 30 degrees in most areas, a statement read. Humidex values reached the mid to high thirties in the afternoon.
Temperatures are forecasted to be high for most of the week — in the low thirties for the next few days, with afternoon humidex values in the high thirties or low forties.
"In addition, overnight lows will be in the high teens or low twenties, offering little relief from the heat and humidity," the statement reads.
Hamilton's medical officer of health has called a heat advisory for Monday. The advisory is just for that day — but if the humidex is expected to be 40 C or greater for more than one day, the city will issue a heat warning.
"The combination of temperature and humidity can impair the cooling effect of sweating, and increase the risk of heat-related illness," a statement from the city reads. "People who are elderly, or have chronic illnesses, mobility problems, or are taking certain medications, along with infants, pre-school children, and those exercising or working vigorously outdoors are at greatest risk."
To keep cool, try these steps:
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
- Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a cool place such as a mall, public recreation centres, public libraries, and other City run air-conditioned facilities, etc.
- 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 repellent 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.
Environment Canada says a cold front is expected to move into southern Ontario late Thursday, and temperatures should drop a few degrees by the end of the week.
To check out where to cool off in Hamilton, click on the interactive map of splash pads and wading pools below:
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