BRANT COUNTY – The Brant County Health Unit, as well as the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit have issued Heat Warnings for residents and visitors.
A Heat Warning is issued when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature of 31°C or higher and a nighttime temperature of 20°C or higher or when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a humidex 40°C or higher. Hot and humid conditions are expected until May 27th.
The health unit is offering these precautions to protect yourself from extreme heat: drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty; wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric; take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed; take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place; and block the sun by closing awnings, curtains, or blinds during the day.
If you must be outdoors, avoid sun exposure by staying in the shade and wear a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or use an umbrella.
The health unit also warns staying outdoors during extreme heat events can lead to a heat stroke.
Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for much of southern and eastern Ontario, including Brantford and Brant through to Wednesday.