The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is informing the community that a heat warning is in effect for today (August 10) and tomorrow (August 11). Maximum temperatures today are anticipated to reach between 30 and 32 degrees Celsius with Humidex values near 40.

Minimum overnight temperatures will be between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius.

Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index to approach the high-risk category.

While extreme heat and humidity can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greater for:
• Older adults;
• Infants and young children;
• Pregnant women;
• People with chronic illnesses; and
• People working or exercising outdoors

Please watch for the symptoms of heat illness, including: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

Heat illnesses are preventable. Some tips for staying cool in the heat include:
• Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.
• Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.
• Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in the oven.
• Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains, or blinds during the day
• Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of breathable fabric.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. Call the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance at 613-575-2000 if someone has high body temperature, is unconscious or confused, or has stopped sweating.

Click here to view the Extreme Heat – Hazard Help Sheet, courtesy of the MCA Emergency Measures Program: http://www.akwesasne.ca/hazard-help-sheet-extreme-heat/