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Thursday June 6th, 2013

Posted at 10:00am

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The hot weather is off to a  slow start in the area, but before we know it, it will be here.   In 2012, the first heat alert was called on May 28th. The goal of the Heat Alert Response System (HARS) is to prepare our community for extreme heat events.

Environment Canada indicates that the region of southwestern Ontario can expect to see extreme heat events of increasing intensity, duration, and frequency. By 2080, the annual average number of ‘hot days’ in Windsor-Essex is expected to more than triple from that experienced in 2000.

As extremely hot weather and humidity can be very dangerous, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will once again be using their hear alert system, which consisting of three levels to warn the public on theses hot, hazy and humid days of Summer.

Level One alert is issued when:

One or more days reaching Humidex 40

Level Two alert is issued when:

Four or more days reaching Humidex 40
One or more days reaching Humidex 45
Four or more nights above Humidex 28

Level Three alert is issued when:

During a severe or prolonged emergency, such as power outages or water shortages.

When ever an alert is issued windsoriteDOTca will let you know!

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