‘Ottawa’ Environment Canada Issues Warnings for Ottawa, Gatineau
Ottawa’s public health unit is urging people to be “vigilant” after Environment Canada issued a heat warning Saturday afternoon for the city and surrounding areas.
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the temperature in Ottawa had hit 31 C.
Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 33 C — with a humidex of 38 C — while Monday’s high is also 33 C.
Ottawa Public Health issued a series of tips Saturday, reminding people to:
- drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol,
- avoid or be careful when working out outside,
- limit sun exposure and seek out the shade,
- find shelter in an air-conditioned location like a mall, library or community centre, and,
- never leave children, pets, or the elderly unattended in a car, even with the windows open.
If there’s a movie you’ve been meaning to see, now might be a good time: movie tickets are cheaper than normal at the air-conditioned Rainbow Cinemas at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre, part of a partnership with OPH.
Environment Canada has also issued heat warnings for Gatineau, Kingston, Cornwall, Pembroke and other areas in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
There is relief on the way, however: an approaching cold front will “herald the arrival of scattered showers and thunderstorms,” leading to cooler conditions by Monday night, Environment Canada said.