Environment Canada has issued a humidex warning for mainland Nova Scotia, with humidex values predicted to reach 40 degrees July 20 in parts of the province.
According to the alert, a “hot and humid air mass continues to move into the Maritimes.”
As of 4 p.m. July 19, the forecast for Saturday in Kings County is for mainly sunny skies and increasing cloudiness late in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach 32 C, 25 C along the coast. The UV index is predicted to be 9 or very high.
The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness advises resident stay in shady or air-conditioned areas, drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and take breaks often if exercising or working outdoors. Consideration should be given to postpone strenuous exercise or work until a cooler time of the day.
Organizers of sport and recreational activities should build in regular water breaks and consider rescheduling activities.
The elderly, babies and young children, or people with heart or lung problems are most at risk of serious heat-related illness. People taking medications, especially for mental health conditions, should check with their doctor or pharmacist to see if they are more at risk from high temperatures.