The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is informing the community that a heat warning is in effect beginning today, Thursday, July 2, and could persist into next week. Maximum temperatures on Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, are anticipated to reach 32 to 35 degrees Celsius (89 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index and can cause issues with air quality. During this period, Akwesasne is located in the high-risk category, according to the Air Quality Health Index.

While extreme heat and humidity can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for:
• Older adults;
• Infants and young children;
• People with chronic illnesses, such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions, or psychiatric illnesses;
• People who work in the heat;
• People who exercise in the heat;
• Homeless people; and
• Low-income earners

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.