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Heat warnings issued for the Maritimes

Visitors explore Peggy's Cove, N.S., Saturday, July 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Visitors explore Peggy's Cove, N.S., Saturday, July 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Heat warnings have once again been issued for most of the Maritimes on Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to hit around 30 C, with humidex making it feel more like 35 to 38 C.

Environment Canada provides tips on its website for tackling the hot weather, including:

  • Watch for the effects of heat illness, including swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
  • Limit direct sun exposure.
  • Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat and/or an umbrella.
  • Watch for early signs of heat illness (feeling unwell, fatigue, thirst, headache) as these can rapidly evolve into life-threatening emergencies. Move to a cooler environment immediately, such as a shaded or air-conditioned space.

The heat is going to be followed by heavy rain Wednesday into Thursday as the remnants of what was Hurricane Beryl approach the Maritimes. More details can be found here.

People sit in the shade at a bench on Main Street. (CTV/Derek Haggett)

Reactions to the heat

By mid-afternoon the Humidex hit 36 C in Moncton.

Old Triangle Irish Alehouse waitress Sarah Barkhouse said the staff was doing everything they could to stay hydrated.

“It’s very hot, but we’re drinking lots and lots of water. We’re staying on our feet and keeping going,” said Barkhouse.

Enviro Team member Yannick Leger said he was struggling with the heat too.

“It’s very hot. I drink a lot of water and I take a lot of breaks. I don’t do too much in the heat,” said Leger.

Joanne Duguay took her lunch break outside

“I’m lucky at home because I do have a heat pump so I do have air conditioning. Living in close proximity to the beach, that’s where I end my days after work,” said Duguay. 

With files from CTV's Derek Haggett.

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