Cooling stations and splash pads available amid heatwave

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a warning that prolonged heat is expected to smother the region including Fort Erie.

The agency predicts dangerously hot and humid conditions throughout most of the week.

Daytime temperatures are forecasted to range between 30 to 35 degrees, with humidex values soaring to 40 to 45.

It will not get better as the sun goes down, as the agency notes nighttime will offer little respite, as temperatures are expected to remain between 20 to 23 degrees, with humidex values of 26 to 30.

Temperatures may be slightly cooler near the shores of Lake Erie.

To combat the heat, the Fort Erie Leisureplex (3 Municipal Centre Dr.), open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and all three branches of the Fort Erie Public Library are available as cooling stations.

Residents can also cool off at splash pads located at Douglas Park, Ferndale Park, Crystal Ridge Park, Stevensville Memorial Park, and Sugarbowl Park, which opens tomorrow.

The extreme heat also brings deteriorating air quality, posing health risks for vulnerable groups such as older adults, infants, young children, pregnant women, and those with physical or mental health conditions or disabilities.

Two possible conditions to look out for include heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke symptoms may include confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, muscle swelling, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination, dark yellow urine, seizures, unconsciousness, and coma.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fainting.

Residents are encouraged to drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen, avoid prolonged outdoor activities, and seek shade or cool indoor spaces during peak heat hours.

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