KAWARTHA LAKES-Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for high heat and humidity in Kawartha Lakes.
A relatively hot and humid airmass will remain in place into Saturday. Daytime maximum temperatures into the low thirties with humidex values near 40 can be expected this afternoon over some areas. Overnight minimum temperatures will remain near or above 20 degrees tonight.
On Saturday temperatures will remain in the upper twenties with humidex values in the mid to upper thirties, however with the passage of a cold front, cooler temperatures and lower humidity is expected for the remainder of the weekend.
Know where to go to help beat the heat
For those who may not have air conditioning and are looking for a place to cool off, the municipality offers the following to help you beat the heat:
- Public Swimming at the Lindsay Recreation Complex and the Forbert Pool (Bobcaygeon)
- Splash pads are located at Tommy Anderson Park (Bobcaygeon), Elgin Park (Lindsay) and Garnet Graham Park (Fenelon Falls) and are open daily from 8am to 8pm. The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes also has a splash pad on Lindsay Street South (Lindsay) which is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm and long weekends 10am to 6pm.
- Public Skating at the Lindsay Recreation Complex
- All Public Library branches have air conditioning
- A list of all public beaches is available on the Kawartha Lakes website
Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke: What to do
Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services urges everyone to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in order to protect yourself and those you know from falling ill.
The symptoms of heat exhaustion are:
- Feeling faint or dizzy
- Having a headache
- Profuse sweating
- Having a weak or rapid pulse
- Shallow breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Experiencing muscle cramps
Treating heat exhaustion:
- Move into the shade or an air-conditioned space
- Loosen clothing or remove as much clothing as possible
- Drink cool water or non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages like sports drinks to help restore electrolyte balance
- Take a cool shower or sponge bath
- Spray cool water on yourself and sit in front of a fan
- Massage or stretch cramping muscles
- Monitor your temperature for changes in your condition that suggest heat stroke
- Seek emergency treatment or call 911 if attempts to decrease body temperature fail or if you experience chest pain, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting so that you can’t keep down fluids, or if you develop any of the symptoms of heat stroke
The symptoms of heat stroke are:
- Absence of sweating
- Having a pulsating headache
- Hot, red or dry skin
- Having a high body temperature (above 103)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Having a strong or rapid pulse
- Experiencing confusion or convulsions
- Losing consciousness
Treating heat stroke:
Heat stroke is an emergency situation in which the body loses its ability to cool itself. The internal body temperature rises to extremes, sometimes as high as 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat stroke can result in death if not treated promptly. If you or someone you know is experiencing heat stroke call 911 right away, or go to the closest emergency room. While waiting for emergency services to arrive, you should:
- Move the person into the shade or into air conditioning
- Elevate their feet higher than their head to reduce the chance of shock
- Remove clothing and attempt to cool them down by wrapping them in a cool, wet sheet or spraying them with cool water and fanning them
- Put ice packs or cold compresses under their arms, on their groin area, and behind their neck
- Give them cool drinks only if they are not disoriented and not vomiting
- Stay with them until Paramedics arrive
Please note that certain populations are more vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat. Please keep a careful eye on older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, newcomers to Canada and those who work outside.
Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service reminds residents that if you think someone is overcome by heat (weak, tired, hot, flushed, possibly unresponsive), call 911 immediately.
More tips and tricks:
During extremely hot, humid weather keep yourself, your family and your pets safe by taking the following actions:
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed or parked vehicle
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water even if you don’t feel thirsty
- Avoid going out in the heat and stay in the shade as much as possible
- Check in regularly with vulnerable family members, neighbours, friends and others who could be affected by the extreme heat
- Take frequent breaks if you work outdoors
- Avoid wearing dark colours because they absorb the sun’s rays
- Avoid strenuous exercise or physical activity during the hottest part of the day