Ottawa is yet to face a hot week ahead, and thus a heat warning has already been issued by the medical officer of Ottawa, Dr. Isra Levy; and it is planned to continue. After a heat alert is issued in a region, comes the heat warning, and the former is issued if the temperature touches 30 degrees for two consecutive days.
For Tuesday and Wednesday, highs upto 33 have been warned by Environment Canada, whereas, by Thursday, it is projected to come down to 30.
It is only after some rainfall on Thursday that might bring a cool breeze in the region, and will lower the temperature to 25 C by Friday. But before Thursday, even the humidex in the zone has been anticipated to touch 40 or more.
These conditions will pose a great risk on the health of all living beings. Humans might witness a heat stroke, or dehydration and heat exhaustion, ultimately leading to death. Because of this rising humidity, even a humidex warning is expected to be issued.
Dr. Isra Levy added, “Heat is hardest on the elderly and chronically ill. If they have no protection from the heat, such as access to air conditioning and plenty of fluids, they can develop serious health effects and even die”.