London region health unit extends heat alert for Sunday

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The London region’s health unit has extended a heat alert for Sunday as blistering temperatures grip Southwestern Ontario.

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit issued its second heat alert for the weekend after Environment Canada called for a daytime high of 31 C on Sunday.

“Hot weather, while a highlight of summer for many in the Middlesex-London region, can pose serious health risks if simple precautions are not taken,” David Pavletic, the health unit’s manager of environmental health, said in a release.

“If you’re spending any time outdoors this weekend, make sure to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock or staying in the shade. Please also protect yourself from the heat by drinking plenty of water and taking breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned space.”

The humidex will make it feel closer to 39 C Sunday before the temperature drops to 18 C overnight, according to Environment Canada.

And the scorching summer heat isn’t going away anytime soon. Daytime highs will break 30 C until Thursday, when the mercury will drop slightly to the high-20s C.

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