With the first day of summer comes news that Guelph and area is about to undergo its first heat alert of the year. What fun.
The has sent out the usual list of precautions and locations where Guelphites can seek some relief. Above all, remember to stay hydrated and stay out of the sun, and the same goes for your pets and kids too. Speaking of being hydrated, it will be a tough call the next couple of days to say who has it worse weather-wise speaking in Canada right now, the humidex-sweltering Ontario, or the flooded disaster of Alberta. Tell me again about the myth of climate change...
Anyway, the city's full press release is below:
Guelph, On, June 21, 2013 – Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has issued its first heat alert of 2013. The heat alert is in effect tomorrow, Saturday, for Waterloo-Wellington and is expected to last until about mid-week with the humidex anticipated to climb above 40.
The City of Guelph reminds residents that City pools, Market Square’s interactive water feature, air-conditioned City Hall, libraries, and community centres are open to residents and visitors looking for a place to keep cool during the heat alert.
Visit guelph.ca/cooling centres for a list of locations and hours City facilities are open during a heat alert.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health advises people to do the following during a heat alert:
Seniors and young children are particularly at risk during heat and smog-related weather conditions. Residents are encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are okay, especially isolated adults and seniors, who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illnesses.
- Stay out of the sun
- Drink lots of water
- Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours
- Stay in air-conditioned places
Look for the Blue W decal on business windows in Guelph—including restaurants, City facilities and businesses—to fill your reusable bottle with healthy, safe municipal tap water, free-of-charge as part of the Blue W program. Visit bluew.org for a list of participating locations.
For more information on extreme heat and your health, visit Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at wdgpublichealth.ca or call 519-846-2715 x 2673 or toll-free at 1-800-265-7293 x 2673. For information on pet safety during extreme heat, please contact the Guelph Humane Society at 519-824-3091.