Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

Cesar Mills
July 17, 2018

Maximum daily temperatures near 29C or above and overnight temperatures near 14C or above are expected Monday and Tuesday, Environment Canada said in a notice issued issued Sunday afternoon.

According to Environment Canada, risks associated with the heat wave "are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors".

Environment Canada cleared a series of severe thunderstorm warnings and watches on Monday night for the City of Toronto, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Georgina, Hamilton, and the regions of Halton and Peel after rain, thunder and lightning hit the region.

Extremely hot conditions put people at risk of heat stroke and people should be vigilant in monitoring their friends and family for symptoms which include high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting and unconsciousness.

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Island Health has also issued its own public service announcement on the hot temperatures, reinforcing Environment Canada's message to check on those who may be vulnerable.

"Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place", the advisory reads.

It's also urging liberal use of sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, especially after swimming or heavy perspiring. "Make sure they are cool and drinking water".

The Coastal Fire Centre has already banned category 2 open fires, but has not yet issued a sweeping campfire ban for Vancouver Island.

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