After failing to get much relief from the humidity overnight, residents should brace themselves for another sweltering day across the region.
Environment Canada is continuing a heat warning for London and much of Southwestern Ontario, where the temperature will climb above the 30 degree mark on Wednesday and Thursday.
The humidity will make it feel closer to 40 degrees.
While heat can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, the weather agency is reminding residents that 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;
- homeless people; and
- people without access to air conditioning.
People are being advised to keep out of the heat and to drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
Those safety tips should also be applied to our furry companions.
“Each and every year, we see those calls that come in, in the summer months, this year in particular it’s been exceptionally hot, we’re into another hot spell,” said Brad Dewar, an inspector with the OSPCA. “The danger of leaving a pet in a vehicle unattended is essentially putting your animal at risk of not only being in a horrible state of distress, but the likelihood that if left in that environment, it will die.”
Dewar explained why it’s never a good idea, no matter what ‘precautions’ the owner may think they are taking.
“Sometimes, members of the community think leaving the car running is acceptable and at a first look it would seem so, but in all reality it’s not,” said Dewar. “An animal can jump up on the dash and can easily turn the heat on. We no longer have that window regulator where you’re rolling it down, it’s now an electronic button so they can open a window. Now your dog is running around a parking lot and can be struck by a vehicle or cause a motor vehicle accident. You’re also opening up the door for your vehicle to be stolen.”
If you notice an animal in distress in a parked vehicle, Dewar advises against taking the matter into your own hands. He recommends residents call Police, their local SPCA branch, or Humane Society.
Be ready with a detailed description of the vehicle, the licence plate number, it’s location, and how the animal is behaving ie: whether it appears to be in medical distress.
There’s a risk for thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon through Friday, but overnight lows aren’t expected to dip below 20 degrees.
The heat wave isn’t expected to break until the end of the work week, with more seasonal temperatures and humidity levels expected Saturday and Sunday.