Despite how it feels right now, summer, and the hot humid weather that accompanies it, really is coming. The City of Ottawa offers the following suggestions for how to beat the heat this summer.
Remember to protect yourself and help others:
- drink plenty of water
- avoid heavy outdoor activity
- wear a hat, light and loose clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses when going outside
- spend at least two hours in an air-conditioned room
- talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking medications, some medicines make it harder for your body to control its temperature
- stay connected with people in your community who have a difficult time coping with hot weather and those who live alone, check on them regularly
Nurse Judy receives the Public Health heat alerts that are issued when the Humidex is forecast to be 36 C or more and heat warnings when the Humidex is forecast to be 40 C or more for at least two consecutive days.
Try these cool suggestions to beat the heat this summer!
1. Go swimming
Enjoy one of the City of Ottawa pools, splash pad, wading pools or beaches.
When a Heat Alert or Warning is in effect, your local City of Ottawa pool will convert all lane swims to leisure swims.
2. Ottawa Public Libraries
Why not read a good book or magazine in the air-conditioned comfort of our 33 Ottawa Public Library branches? Call InfoService for branch locations and hours of operation at 613-580-2940.
3. Rainbow Cinemas
When a heat warning is in effect, Rainbow cinemas at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre will reduce the cost of their movie tickets.
For facility hours please contact facility directly or call 3-1-1 for more information.