Heat alert in effect until 11:30 p.m. today in Windsor-Essex

This is only the second heat alert of the year. The first was issued June 1.

A Level 1 heat alert is in effect for Windsor-Essex County 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit issues a Level 1 heat alert when a humidex of 40 C is expected for one or more days.

This is only the second heat alert of the year. The first was issued June 17.

There were 14 heat alerts issued in 2013; there 15 in 2012; and 22 in 2011.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit began issuing heat alerts in 2011.

The health unit warns that extreme heat increases the chance of getting sick from illnesses like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, fainting, edema, rash, and cramps.

The unit also advises residents and visitors to keep a close eye on family, friends, and neighbours that are at higher risk of heat health illnesses. Those particularly vulnerable include, older adults, infants, young children, people with chronic illnesses, the homeless population, and those who work or exercise in the heat.

Extremely hot weather and humidity can be very dangerous. When a heat alert is called you need to:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Go to an air conditioned place.
  • Wear a hat and lightweight loose-fitting clothing.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Limit outdoor activities to the coolest part of the day.
  • Check on your neighbours and family.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • If you feel ill, faint, have difficulty breathing, or feel disoriented, visit your doctor or nearest hospital right away. In an emergency, call 911.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story said there were 12 heat alerts in 2013 and 31 in both 2012 and 2011. In fact, there were there were 14 heat alerts issued in 2013; there were 15 in 2012; and 22 in 2011.
    Aug 26, 2014 1:19 PM ET

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