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Hazardous heat overtakes the Maritimes, heat warnings issued in New Brunswick

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 10:22 AM - Environment Canada issued a heat warning for New Brunswick early Wednesday with humidex values near 40 expected.

"A warm and humid airmass will persist over the Maritimes today resulting in humidex values reaching and possibly exceeding 40 during the afternoon over most of the province with the exception of the Fundy coast where onshore southwesterly winds will maintain cooler temperatures," said EC in the warning.


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Officials say the weather conditions could be hazardous for older adults, infants, young children and people who work outside.

"Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration," EC says, adding that 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.

BEAT THE HEAT

  • Stay inside an air conditioned building, or seek shade.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit outdoor physical activity.
  • Consider rescheduling outdoor events.
  • Check on your neighbours, particularly the elderly, children and people suffering from a chronic disease or mental illness.

Be sure to check your local forecast and UV Report before heading out.

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