Friendship Friday: Beat The Heat & Stay Safe.

I can't say that I love it when the temperatures soar.  And Southern Ontario has been breaking through some weather records in the last 24 hours.  I don't understand the science behind "soaring" temperatures and how humidity comes into play.  The weather warnings I have posted below, from Environment Canada, may help explain things a bit better.  Please pay special attention to the guidelines for staying safe in extreme heat conditions.  Drinking lots of water, staying in shade or Air Conditioning, reduced activity, and limited exposure can help you beat the heat and stay safe.

By the way, I recently found out that caffeinated beverages are NOT a good form of hydration.  I believed that switching to iced coffee was the wise thing to do when temperatures soar to 30 + degrees.  So now I have tried to drink a glass of water for every coffee, which results in many trips to the potty.
Because caffeine is a mild diuretic, effects of caffeine for those who do not have sufficient fluid intake can cause mild dehydration. If one regularly indulges in caffeinated beverages, fluid intake of water or juices should be increased. Physicians urge people to especially monitor caffeine intake during very hot weather, or when traveling to hot climates. The effects of caffeine in such conditions are likely to be more harmful than beneficial. Wise Geek, 2011/07/21
If you don't have Air Conditioning, go to a Public Cooling Center, mall or stay with a friend who does.  Here is a list of Toronto Emergency Cooling Center Locations and helpful map.  The Humidex warnings seem to be lifting for today, but it's still summer and HOT, HOT, HOT!

What the experts warned:

Pickering - Oshawa - Southern Durham Region
11:36 AM EDT Thursday 21 July 2011
Weather warning for
Pickering - Oshawa - Southern Durham Region continued

During times of high heat and humidity, it is critical to stay properly hydrated by drinking Plenty of fluid like water or juice. Strenuous outdoor activities should be scheduled during the early morning or evening hours. Wear loose fitting, light weight clothing and spend as much time as possible in air conditioned places. Stay out of the sun and never leave elderly, children or pets unattended in a car.

Refer to your local public forecast for further details.




What the experts said about record temperatures:
Weather summary for all of Southern Ontario and the 
National Capital Region issued by Environment Canada. 


At 6:07 AM EDT Friday 22 July 2011. 

 A hot, sultry and humid tropical air mass over Southern Ontario on Thursday resulted in quite a few new record maximum temperatures being set. A new all time July record maximum temperature of 37.9 Celsius was set at Pearson airport. A climate station on Grimsby mountain was the hot spot for the day, with a scorching 38.5 c maximum temperature. 38.0 c was also reached at East York in Toronto... 

Humidex values peaked in the mid to upper forties across many Areas with one of the downtown Toronto stations reaching a peak humidex of nearly 51 at 3 PM Thursday afternoon. Humidex values were above 40 at many locales beginning Thursday morning and lasting well into the evening. Advisories and a special weather warning dealing with the Oppressive heat and humidity were issued and are slowly being ended as the humidex values drop off thanks to a weak front moving through and sweeping out the very sultry air mass. 

 New record maximum temperatures set across Southern Ontario are found in the right-most column in the table below. 
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Location         old record Max   year       new record Max

Windsor                 35.4        1998            37.6
Sarnia                   34.5        2002            36.1
Harrow                  37.2        1930            37.8
Point Pelee             32.4        2002            32.8
London                  34.4        1955            36.7
Delhi                     34.4        1955            36.3
Woodstock             33.3        1955            35.0
Kitchener               35.6        1955            35.7
Hamilton mt.Hope    32.7        2002            36.4
Hamilton bot gardn   37.8        1955            37.8 (tie)
Vineland                 36.1        1955            37.4
Grimsby                  36.1        1955            38.5
Toronto Pearson      35.6        1955            37.9
Toronto Buttonville   33.8        2005            37.0
Toronto downtown   34.4        1955            38.2
Toronto Island         32.4        1987            36.5
Oshawa                  35.6        1955            37.1
Kingston                 31.7        1972            32.6
Petawawa               35.6        1955            35.7

For my American friends, or those who like to use Fahrenheit, this is the conversion:

FahrenheitCelsius
-7.6-22
-5.8-21
-4-20
-2.2-19
-0.4-18
1.4-17
3.2-16
5-15
6.8-14
8.6-13
10.4-12
12.2-11
14-10
15.8-9
17.6-8
19.4-7
21.2-6
23-5
24.8-4
26.6-3
28.4-2
30.2-1
    
FahrenheitCelsius
320
33.81
35.62
37.43
39.24
415
42.86
44.67
46.48
48.29
5010
51.811
53.612
55.413
57.214
5915
60.816
62.617
64.418
66.219
6820
69.821
    
FahrenheitCelsius
71.622
73.423
75.224
7725
78.826
80.627
82.428
84.229
8630
87.831
89.632
91.433
93.234
9535
96.836
98.637
100.438
102.239
10440
105.841
107.642
109.443

Formulas:   C = (F - 32) * 5 / 9,   F = (C * 9 / 5) + 32          




Image Credits:
*Best Ever: Art on The Street.
*Fahrenheit/Celcius Conversion Chart.

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