Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Nova Scotia adopts new heat warning system

Nova Scotia adopts new heat warning system

The extreme heat was expected to ease off on Friday with the passage of a cold front.

"A cold front is going to come Thursday night, and that will drop our temperatures back to more normal ones, especially for this weekend", says Cheng.

Heat warnings are issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada to inform the public when air temperature and humidex are forecast to be above a certain criteria for two consecutive days. Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s, except high teens in some rural areas, providing little or no relief from the heat. A high of 26 and low of 14 is expected in Toronto on Friday, Ms. Hobelman said, with a chance of showers and a thunderstorm.

As of Tuesday, according to CNN, an estimated 80 million people in the us remained under heat advisories and warnings.

Heat warnings were also in place for New Brunswick, P.E.I and Nova Scotia, where similarly intense conditions could push the humidex close to 40 on Thursday.

Humidex values reaching 43 are expected.

It says "a very warm and humid airmass" will settle over eastern Quebec and the Maritime provinces this weekend, and will last into next week.

Environment Canada warns that extreme heat affects everyone.

Isolated adults, seniors, young children, people experiencing homelessness and people with certain mental health illnesses, chronic illnesses, heart and lung issues or limited mobility are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

There are many warning signs for heat illness, including swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

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