Mother Nature is turning up the heat on much of southern Ontario, as we enter day two of our latest heat wave.
Environment Canada’s heat warning remains in effect Wednesday with an expected high of 32 degrees in London, feeling more like 40 with the humidex.
The sweltering conditions are uncomfortable at best, but for London’s most vulnerable residents they can be downright dangerous.
Here in London, the Centre of Hope is ready to act as a cooling station for those who need a break from the heat.
“In addition to the residents of the Centre of Hope, folks who need to can go in there get a cool place to stay,” said Salvation Army spokesperson Perron Goodyear.
“We hand out water to those who need it, and there’s also sunscreen stations throughout the Centre of Hope as well for people to make sure they’re being protected.”
The Middlesex London Health Unit has also issued a warning to residents to prepare themselves for the conditions.
“The biggest thing at this point is to recognize is that the heat is not going away,” said MLHU spokesperson Randy Walker.
“The best advantage to dealing with heat is being able to escape it. So, if you’re going to be exposed for the entire four day period, if you’re working outside, or involved in athletics, the cost to you is going to be significant.”
Health officials recommend limiting how much time you spend outside and to also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Overexposure to heat and humidity can lead to symptoms of heatstroke, which include headache, confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea, and muscle or abdominal cramps.
More information on extreme weather warnings, heat-related illness, and humidity can be found here.
It’s also important to check in on loved ones and to never leave children or pets unattended in cars.
Environment Canada says there’s a chance for rain Thursday and Friday with slightly cooler conditions expected through the weekend as a cold front sweeps through the region.
With files from Jess Brady.