Environment Canada has issued heat warnings in Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Burlington and Brantford as temperatures Wednesday are expected to reach 30 C.
With a risk of thunderstorm also looming for Wednesday afternoon, temperatures will cool to a lower humidex on Thursday, according to the weather agency. Friday is expected to be extremely hot with humidex values reaching 40.
As a result of the forecast, Hamilton’s medical officer of health has issued a heat warning, starting Wednesday.
The city and community agencies will offer “cool places” for people to go during the heat warning.
Landlords can help tenants stay cool
The medical officer of health recommends drinking water to stay hydrated and avoiding alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
“Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day. If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellant as mosquitoes are more active at such times,” reads the statement.
Landlords can help to decrease the risk of heat-related illness for tenants, said the medical officer of health.
“Connect with tenants to determine if units have adequate cooling. If not, provide tenants with onsite access to a cool space accessible throughout the heat warning, such as a common room with air conditioning.”
Regularly scheduled open swims at all City of Hamilton indoor pools will be free of charge.
Cooler temperatures are expected on Saturday.