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Cooling off during COVID-19

Symptoms of heat-related illness include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination and unusually dark yellow urine.

During heat events, remember to check-in with family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own. It's best to call or video-conference – if that is not possible, practice physical distancing.

Due to COVID-19, some locations that normally provide relief from the heat, such as shopping malls and cooling centres, have reopened. Please check with your local municipality for operating hours.

If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, cool off as soon as possible by taking a cool bath or shower, move to a shaded area, drink some water and rest. If the symptoms persist, contact your doctor or call 911.

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The Region of Peel's Medical Officer of Health issues heat warnings and extended heat warnings upon notification from Environment Canada that heat thresholds have been met 1.

People suffer heat-related illnesses when their body temperature quickly rises and they are unable to cool themselves. The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual's sensitivity to heat. Although an increase in the number of hot days is dangerous, it is the combination of heat during the daytime and nighttime that causes significant increases in heat-related morbidity and mortality. This is because there is no break from the heat which is important for allowing the body to cool off.

If you feel faint, have difficulty breathing or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.

Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are alright.

During Hot Weather Conditions

Stay cool in air conditioned spaces and drink lots of fluids, especially water. Groups at higher risk of heat-related illness include infants, young children, seniors, people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, people on certain medications and those who are homeless or low-income earners. Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are alright.

Learn how to protect your health during hot weather conditions:

1Environment Canada Heat Thresholds

Heat Warning: Duration – 2 days

  • Forecast daytime temperatures are expected to be at least 31°C and overnight temperatures are 20°C or above
    OR
  • Humidex is at least 40

Extreme Heat WarningExtended Heat Warning: Duration – 3+ days

  • Forecast daytime temperatures are expected to be at least 31°C and overnight temperatures are 20°C or above
    OR
  • Humidex is at least 40
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