Peel Region has issued a special weather statement for Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon during a heat event expected to last from Monday to Tuesday.
Temperatures are forecasted to reach close to 30 degrees on Monday and maximum temperatures on Tuesday will be in the low thirties.
“As we move into the extreme temperatures over the next few days, be aware that even healthy people can suffer from heat-related illness, not just the elderly. Enjoy the outdoors but do take precautions,” said Dr. Monica Hau, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “Limit your time in the heat and don’t overexert yourself as you enjoy the summer weather.”
Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, infants, and young children, those who are homeless or those without access to air conditioning are at the greatest risk of heat-related illness. Peel Region is urging residents to check on isolated seniors and at-risk individuals to ensure that they are staying cool, hydrated, and safe.
Extreme heat can cause heat illnesses. Look out for the following symptoms of heat exhaustion: heavy sweating, dizziness, fainting and vomiting, headache, and cold, pale, and clammy skin. If experiencing any of these symptoms, immediately move to a cool place, drink water, and seek help. Heat strokes are a medical emergency. Watch for a high body temperature, confusion, dizziness/fainting, and no sweating, but very hot, red skin. Call 911 immediately and cool the person right away by moving them to a cool place if possible; applying cold water to large areas of the skin; and fanning the person as much as possible.
During hot weather, residents are advised to avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest. While outside for essential purposes, drink plenty of fluids, carry a full water bottle, and wear loose-fitting clothing. Never leave children or pets in a parked car. Cool showers or baths, using cool, wet towels on your face, neck and/or arms are also recommended.
Individuals who take medication or have a health condition, should discuss heat-related illnesses with their health provider and follow their recommendations.