If this is fall, I can’t wait for winter!
It doesn’t look like we’ll get any relief from our AMAZING and shocking fall heat wave. The forecasted high of 31 degrees for today is easily expected to beat the previous high of 26.7 set back in 1958 and would make it our fifth straight day of record highs.
London hit 32.2 on Saturday and 32.4, smashing the high of 28.3 that stood for both days for decades.
A heat warning from Environment Canada and a heat alert from the Middlesex-London Health Unit remain in effect for the London region Monday.
Some of the local splash pads have stayed open with the heat wave. Cowan Park and Vansittart in Woodstock are open until Wednesday. In London, the spray pad at the Forks of the Thames opened Thursday while the spray pad at Gibbons Park was also in operation over the weekend…so might be worth checking them out.
Here are some tips from the Middlesex -London Health Unit to keep your family safe during this heat alert:
• Drink plenty of water and natural juices throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Remember to take sips often and not to guzzle your drink.
• Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
• When possible, avoid spending too much time outdoors. If you must be outside, seek shade as much as possible. Plan outdoor activities in the early morning or evening.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
• Keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
• Avoid turning on electric lights in the home.
• Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.
• Wear loose fitting, light clothing.
• Avoid eating heavy meals and using your oven.
• Avoid intense or moderately intense physical activity.
• Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
• Use fans to draw cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device during extended periods of excessive heat.
• Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of any medications you are taking.
• Reduce the use of personal vehicles, stop unnecessary idling; avoid using oil-based paints and glues, pesticides and gas-powered small engines.
Walking out into that wall of heat and humidity can be tough for all of us, but especially for; young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
If you or someone around you has any of these symptoms, it might be good to take a break or contact a doctor if necessary:
• Rapid breathing
• Weakness or fainting
• More tiredness than usual
Here are some fun & creative ideas to keep your family cool around the house! It’s great because most of these are cheap (if not free) and use things that are already in your home!
There’s nothing worse than a long night of tossing all night. Whether you have AC or not, these tips will help you stay cool and get a good night’s sleep even on the hottest night of this heat wave!
If you think you’re hot, just think about poor FIDO! Watch this fun and SUPER CUTE video for tips to help keep your dog nice and cool in the heat.
Let’s not forget about all the cat lovers…
Overheating in extreme cases can be fatal to humans and animals. Especially animals since they do not sweat like people do and have fur. Be aware, be smart, avoid long walks, being in a car, tied up outside, exercising, etc. Children, seniors, the homeless, outdoor workers, all at much greater risk. Don't asssume an elderly person or child knows what to do. Please share and do something about it if you see any of the above mentioned suffering, or at risk, from extreme heat temperatures. Death is preventable. #summer #heatstroke #heatalert #humid #animals #petsafety #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #seniors #childsafety #helpforthehomeless #veterinary #fatal #pets #besmart #prevention #dosomething #dogs #cats #elderly
The hot and humid temperatures will continue Tuesday when another record could be set before relief starts to arrive Wednesday when a cold front moves across southern Ontario bringing cooler temperatures for the remainder of the week…so relief is in sight!