Heat Alert in Effect for Halton

 

Although most people enjoy a hot summer, health agencies are warning people to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. 

Environment Canada recently announced that a heat warning is currently in effect for Halton and Peel (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills). The weather agency says that daytime maximum temperatures in the low thirties are expected along with overnight low temperatures near the 20-degree mark.

Environment Canada says some residents might get a break from the heat in some areas today as showers or thunderstorms are possible.

The weather agency also says that hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can cause the Air Quality Health Index to approach the high-risk category.

A cold front is expected to deliver a cooler and less humid air mass on Tuesday.

As far as extreme heat goes, the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors. 

Residents are reminded to never leave children, pets, or vulnerable people in a parked vehicle for any length of time. 

Credit Valley Conservation says that a flood outlook is in effect, as thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon into this evening. Some areas may receive total rainfall amounts of 50 mm in an hour or less.

While flooding of the Credit River and its major waterways is not expected, intense rainfall associated with thunderstorms can cause flash floods in urban areas. As a result, local streams and rivers could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. 

The public is advised to stay away from all watercourses and to ensure that children and pets avoid waterways as well. 

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