Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a heat warning for Ottawa effective July 27 until further notice. A heat warning is issued when the Environment Canada temperature forecast is expected to exceed 31°C during the daytime and the night time temperature is not cooler than 20°C or the humidex is expected to exceed 40°C for two consecutive days.
Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. OPH is encouraging residents to check on family, friends and neighbours who may be isolated or more vulnerable to the heat. Seniors, infants, young children, people who are homeless and people taking certain prescription medications for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and depression are at a greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness.
During a heat warning, residents and visitors should