Mother Nature is turning up the heat on southwestern Ontario, and residents are responding by visiting area beaches to cool off.
Environment Canada’s heat warning continued Friday, and it read that this “heat episode” will last until Monday when temperatures will dip just below 30 degrees.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit also extended its heat warning throughout the weekend. The forecast guarantees more beach weather is in store as the high reaches 33 degrees Saturday and 32 degrees Sunday.
With the humidex value making it feel closer to 40 degrees, Port Stanley was busy with people taking in the sun and swimming in the water.
That was enough convincing for Port Stanley native Shane Jennings, who is making a habit of visiting his hometown on the hot days.
“This year I’ve been about seven or eight times, probably about six times here, twice in Grand Bend. I always like to come back home.”
Patti Sheelar of Strathroy says she and her husband are alright with the warm weather.
“We like it because we have a pool at home and we like coming to the beach,” she said. “We are home a lot, we don’t come to the beach a lot, but both our boys are working today so we thought we’d have a date at the beach.”
One beachgoer, Jackie Murphy, traveled all the way from Cambridge with her children in an effort to stay cool.
“I just started vacation so (I) wanted to go to the beach and do something with the kids. We’ll go walk around, because it’s our first time here, so we’ll go walk around and look for something to eat.”
One of those eateries, GT’s on the Beach, is capitalizing on this summer’s scorching temperatures. Co-owner Andy Gates says the perfect beach day is anything over 25 degrees.
“There’s a nice breeze off the lake so it’s hot, but it’s OK, and there’s a lake not far away to jump into when you’re all done,” said Gates. “It’s definitely better for business than snow and rain.”
The national weather service and the health unit are both advising residents to stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids and to stay cool by keeping in the shade during outdoor activities.