Canada Day by the numbers: More than 36,000 on Hill, 34.7 C and zero wait time
Happy Canada Day 151 everyone! It wasn’t quite over yet, but Canadian Heritage spokeswoman Natalie Huneault still gave the day a stamp of approval Sunday evening, reporting from Parliament Hill that everything had gone smoothly at the official celebrations and that “people look happy, people are smiling.”
Here are some numbers to help illustrate how the day went.
37,000 attend events on Parliament Hill
The Parliamentary Protective Service reported that, as of 9 p.m., 36,581 had passed through the mandatory security screening on Parliament Hill over the course of Sunday. At the time, when the evening show was in full swing and with the fireworks display yet to begin, there were more than 20,000 people in attendance.
0 security incidents
Also as of 9 p.m., Parliamentary Protective Service reported there had been no security incidents on the Hill. For the most part, security screening appeared to have run smooth smoothly, with PPS reporting no wait times for most of the day.
The daytime temperature soared to a high of nearly 35 C at the Ottawa airport, just below what was needed to break the July 1 record for the national capital (36.7 C in 1931 and 1963). But it felt even hotter, with a humidex reading of 47 C. The temperature was expected to drop to a low of 23 overnight.
Don’t expect a significant break in the heat wave any time soon, either. Environment Canada predicted a high of 35 C and humidex reading of 45 C for Monday. It was expected to start sunny before clouding over slightly in the afternoon, with a 60 per cent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.
It would be a good idea to check on elderly neighbours and vulnerable people and to keep your electrolyte levels up.
The rest of the week is forecast to see high temperatures in the mid-30s until Friday, when it should drop to 30 C.
88 patients receive paramedic care
Ottawa paramedics cared for 88 patients at various special events across the city as of 7:30 p.m., with that figure excluding 911 calls. Fifteen people had been transported to hospitals in stable condition.