Townships on heatwave alert

Townships on heatwave alert
Rosie took over the backyard slip ‘n slide over the weekend to try and stay cool. Temperatures are supposed to climb even higher in the coming days. (Photo : Courtesy)

By Gordon Lambie

The local public health department is warning the population to be mindful of the heat over the coming days. Warm weather that moved in over the weekend is expected to intensify on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures rising well into the 30s and humidex values reaching as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
In a press release issued on Sunday, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS pointed out that prolonged periods of extreme heat can result in a range of negative health effects, from dehydration to heat exhaustion, and can also aggravate existing health concerns in sometimes fatal ways.
“Vigilance is all the more important during the first episodes of extreme heat since the body has not necessarily developed all the coping mechanisms in such situations,” the notice points out.
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