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Heat Warning Issued by Environment Canada

Environment Canada issued a prolonged heat event for Renfrew County and District, effective June 17, 2024. Dangerously hot humid conditions are expected through most of the week. Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality.

Daytime temperatures through most of the week are expected to be 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, with humidex values of 40 to 45 degrees Celsius. Overnight lows will be 18 to 20 degrees Celsius with a humidex between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.

The Town of Petawawa has three cooling areas. They are located at:

  • Petawawa Point Beach, 1073 Island View Drive.
  • Splash Pad located at the Petawawa Civic Centre, 16 Civic Centre Road (open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.).
  • Petawawa Public Library, 16 Civic Centre Road (Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

The County of Renfrew has created an interactive map highlighting the cooling station locations throughout the County.

It is important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness during this heat event. Extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat related illness, however, older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic health conditions, those who work or exercise in the heat, people experiencing homelessness, and people without access to air conditioning are at greatest risk.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit recommends taking the following actions to prevent heat related illness:

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
  • Take a cool shower or bath until you feel refreshed.
  • Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place.
  • Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by using a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella.
  • Do not leave your pets or children in a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
  • Plan outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day.
  • Check in with neighbours and family members who may be at higher risk of heat related illness or who live alone, to ensure they are comfortable and well-hydrated.

Check out the download below for the full media release from the Renfrew County and District Health Unit.


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RCDHU Media Release - June 17, 2024pdf icon11.87KB