Summer Heat Advisory for Northwestern Ontario

Summer Heat Advisory

Summer Heat AdvisoryTHUNDER BAY – WEATHER – UPDATED – There is a Heat Advisory in effect for parts of Northwestern Ontario. Cottage country and other parts of the region can expect high temperatures and high humidity. Environment Canada has now extended the warning for Thunder Bay.

The importance of using sunscreen and staying properly hydrated is especially important.

Heat Warning in effect for:

  • Atikokan – Shebandowan – Quetico Park
  • Cloud Bay – Dorion
  • Kakabeka Falls – Whitefish Lake – Arrow Lake

Heat conditions – early afternoon to early evening.

A warm and humid airmass will be in place over northwestern Ontario this afternoon. Areas near the Minnesota border will likely see humidex values of near 40 during the afternoon.

Temperatures on Tuesday will be considerably cooler.

While extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for
– older adults
– infants and young children
– people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses
– people who work in the heat
– people who exercise in the heat
– people without access to air conditioning and
– homeless people.

Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Protect your Pet

Your family dog or cat can be a rewarding and memorable experience, but planning for the pet’s comfort and safety is an important part of any trip. Here are some tips to consider before loading up the car and hitting the road:

  • Help your pet get used to its first road trip by taking short drives before your vacation. If your pet experiences motion sickness, consult your vet about possible medications.
  • Ensure your pet is properly secured at all times. Smaller animals are more secure in a crate attached by a seat belt. Restraints should allow your pet a bit of movement.
  • You like to stop and stretch your legs during a long car ride. So does your pet. Schedule rest breaks along your entire travel route to allow your pet to get out and exercise.
  • Always have fresh water available in the car. Avoid feeding your pet in a moving car to reduce the risk of motion sickness. Bring favourite toys and a pillow to prevent your pet from becoming restless during the ride.
  • Add a pet emergency kit to your travel checklist that includes its medical records, medicines and first aid items such as nail clippers and liquid bandages.
  • And of course, never leave your pet unattended in the car.
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