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Health Unit: stay cool and hydrated as hot weather hits region

With a heat warning in effect for the Leeds-Grenville area, our local Health Unit is offering some advice to residents. 

Staff members say the next few days will see temperatures and humidity in the high 30s, which could lead to health complications like heat stroke or heat exhaustion. 

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Linna Li says you should make sure to drink plenty of water during the day, even when you aren’t feeling thirsty, to stay hydrated. 

She also says you should avoid caffeinated drinks, eat food with high water content like grapes and watermelon, and keep your lights turned off at home. 

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If you have to go outside, Li says you should wear light, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat, and try to stay in the shade as much as possible. 

If it becomes too hot, Li says you can cool off by visiting a beach, pool or splash pad, taking a cool bath or shower, or using cool, wet towels. 

The heat warning is expected to continue until Thursday evening. 

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