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Hamilton heading for record on Day 3 of heat wave

The city has issued a Stage Three heat alert for Hamilton, effective on Wednesday.
We're selling out fast, says Michelle Sanger of Peter Martin Appliances on the Mountain. Appliance stores are one of the rare beneficiaries of the stage three heat advisory in Hamilton Wednesday. (Cory Ruf/CBC)

The city was on its way to a new record for temperature as the scorching heat wave hits its third day.

By midafternoon Wednesday, the Weather Network showed temperatures in the city peaking 35 C,  more than a full degree above the old record of 33.6 C, reached in 1999. With the humidity, the temperature feels like 42 C.

The city issued a Stage Three heat alert for Hamilton, effective Wednesday.

The alert means temperatures are expected to feel like 40 C with the humidity for a fourth consecutive day, or will hit 45 C with the humidex.

By 9.a.m. on Wednesday, the temperature had already reached 27 C at Hamilton International Airport and felt like 39 degrees with the humidity. 

 The city advises residents to keep cool, and has sent out a list of suggestions on how to deal with the heat.

Here are some of its suggestions:

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Go to an air-conditioned place.
  • Limit unnecessary physical activity during the daytime, and reschedule outdoor activities for cooler times of day.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Close curtains or blinds to limit the amount of sunlight that streams into your living space.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing.

The city has also provided a list of "cool places," including public libraries and community centres, for residents who need to get out of the heat, and has temporarily extended operating hours for public outdoor pools.

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