First heat warning of the summer

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Oxford County Public Health and Emergency Services is issuing its first heat warning for 2015.

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high 30s for the weekend with humidex values at or above 40 C for Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19.

A new set of heat advisories/warnings are in place for 2015 based on the duration and intensity of heat events forecasted by Environment Canada. They are as follows:

* Heat Advisory: When forecast temperatures are expected to be at least 31 C and Humidex is at least 40 for one day.

* Heat Warning: When forecast temperatures are expected to be at least 31 C and overnight temperatures are above 20 C for 2 days or the Humidex is at least 40 for two days.

* Extreme Heat Warning: When forecast temperatures are expected to be at least 31 C and overnight temperatures are above 20 C for at least 3 days or Humidex is at least 40 for at least three days.

During heat events, Public Health reminds residents to take extra precautions when caring for children and others at risk of complication from heat-related illness, including seniors, those with chronic health conditions, and people who work outdoors. Adults caring for children should watch for the usual signs of physical distress, such as rapid breathing, weakness, and headache, as well as symptoms like vomiting, sleepiness, or changes in behaviour, for instance, temper tantrums.

To protect your health in the heat, drink lots of water and avoid going outside. If you are outdoors, wear a hat or stay in the shade and avoid intense activity. Never leave a child or pet in a car, and remember to check on family, friends and neighbours who are at risk of health complications from heat-related illness. Some prescription or over-the-counter drugs can increase sensitivity to sun and heat.

Anyone who experiences physical distress because of extreme temperatures should seek medical attention immediately either by calling 911 or going to the nearest Emergency Department.

For more information visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/health.

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