Heat Wave Continues

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.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, many of the facilities such as libraries, pools, arenas, and community centres, usually made available to assist with managing extreme heat, are currently closed under provincial requirements.

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.