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Heat Wave Warning Issued for Oakville beginning August 9, 2016

3 eggs in a frying pan | V31S70 via Source  -  CC BY
3 eggs in a frying pan | V31S70 via Source - CC BY

Yes, it is happening again. After a few days of normal humidity, where my wife exclaimed, "wow we can sit outside and enjoy the evening air", we are in for what appears to be five days of very hot and humid air, with overnight temperatures that are not going to drop below 20.

Oakville is luckier than most communities since we are so close to the lake and have several parks right by the water: Gairloch Gardens in East Oakville, Lakeside Park in Olde Oakville, Tannery Park in West Harbour, Coronation Park, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Bronte Beach, and finally in west Oakville there is South Shell Waterfront Park. Oakville also has pools (inside and out), splash pads, community centres, and libraries where you can cool off.

So, enjoy the summer, because those cold days of January and February are getting closer. Just keep yourself hydrated, don't do anything too physically exhausting mid-day, and keep an eye out for family, friends and neighbours who might be a little more susceptible to the extremely hot and humid conditions.

Here is Environment Canada's Heat Warning issued August 8, 2016 at 3:23 PM:

Humidex values reaching near 40 are expected.

Yet another heat wave on the way.

A hot and humid airmass will return from the United States beginning Tuesday afternoon, when afternoon temperatures are forecast to reach the low 30s. Humidex values will slowly rise to the mid 30s in most areas on Tuesday.

The air mass will become considerably more humid Tuesday night, which will keep overnight temperatures near 20 in most areas. Hot and humid conditions under partly to mostly sunny skies is expected Wednesday through Friday. Afternoon temperatures will reach the low to mid 30s, and early morning minimum temperatures may briefly reach the low 20s. The warm and muggy nights will not provide much of a break from the almost relentless heat, even in the odd location where temperatures may briefly dip to the upper teens shortly before sunrise.

Some relief from the daytime heat is possible in a few locales near the shorelines of the Great Lakes if a breeze off the lake develops.

Humidex values peaking in the upper thirties to low 40s are expected beginning Wednesday as well.

This may be the longest and most significant heat wave of the summer so far.

Latest indications suggest a weak cold front, along with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, may move through sometime Friday night. If this occurs as forecast, some relief from the heat and humidity will be expected in time for next weekend.

Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.

  1. Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
  2. Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
  3. Prepare meals that don't need to be cooked in your oven.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.