The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit issues heat warning to inform residents of heat events with the Stay Cool Windsor-Essex program. When heat warnings are issued, you should take extra precautions to protect yourself and loved ones from heat related health risks.
What does it mean?
|Heat Warning Level||Warning Icon||Heat Warning Criteria|
|Heat Warning||A heat warning is issued when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature greater than or equal to 31°C and a nighttime temperature greater than or equal to 21°C or a humidex greater than 42 degrees Celsius.|
|Extended Heat Warning||An extended heat warning is issued when three or more than three consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature greater than or equal to 31°C and a nighttime temperature greater than or equal to 21°C or a humidex greater than 42 degrees Celsius.|
|Heat Emergency||Heat Emergencies are declared during extenuating circumstances (i.e., large scale power outage or drinking water emergency) during a heat event.|
|Special Weather Statement||While heat warning criteria is not expected to be reached, this is the first very warm and humid weather of the season.|
For most people, heat-related illnesses happen when temperatures are high for a number of days (particularly if the night time temperatures do not drop), or if the humidity is high. While the health risks related to heat are higher for certain groups (such as seniors, young children, people taking certain medications and people with chronic conditions), everyone is potentially at risk. Fortunately, most heat-related illnesses can be prevented or treated if you are aware of the risks, signs and symptoms. This information can help you to plan ahead, and take action to protect yourself and your family.
Stay Cool: Beat the Heat
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Follow these tips to prevent a heat illness and stay cool this summer.
Places to stay cool in Windsor and Essex County
For a list of community centres, public libraries, pools, and splash pads to stay cool, call 2-1-1 (alternate 519-258-0247) to confirm if these facilities are open. (NOTICE: Access to facilities listed here may be unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic).