Extreme Heat - Safety Tips
Due to changes in the climate, Nova Scotia is experiencing an increase in annual summer temperatures and extreme. Due to changes in the climate, Nova Scotia is experiencing an increase in annual summer temperatures and extreme hot days. Our region is one of areas that has been identified that will see increased episodes of extreme heat events. These events are dangerous for the health and well-being of our communities and can cause illness and even death. It is expected that Nova Scotia will experience an increase in hot days each year and by 2050, regions in Nova Scotia including Annapolis County, could see 6-10 days of 30-degree plus temperatures.
A recent report
by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned global warming is intensifying and widespread but that a climate catastrophe can be avoided if action to reduce emissions is taken now.
It looks like July is going to be a warm one, according to the Global Ensemble Prediction System.
The forecasts are categorized as follows:
blue indicates the probability that temperatures will be below normal;
grey to purple indicates the probability that temperatures will be near normal;
yellow to red indicates the probability that temperatures will be above normal; and
white indicates uncertainty regarding the temperature tendency this month.
All categories are compared to the 30 months of July between the 1991-2020 period. This map is a prediction of the daily average temperature anomaly (difference from normal) at 2 metres, the standard forecast height. It is not a daily maximum or minimum temperature forecast.
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Heat warnings are issued when high temperatures and humid conditions increases the risk of heat stroke or exhaustion (see more).
Nova Scotia’s Heat Alert and Response System
Heat alerts will be issued through the Heat Alert and Response System to inform Nova Scotians and community response partners when a heat event is coming. The new system is a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
Heat warnings will be issued to inform the public when air temperature and humidex are above defined criteria so that they can take action to protect themselves from the risks associated with extreme heat.
When a heat alert is in place, advisories will be shared through Department of Health and Wellness Twitter and Facebook page. You can also visit Environment and Climate Change Canada website for more weather information.
If your organization provides services for those who are more vulnerable to heat, you may subscribe to Environment Canada’s email alert system.
EXTREME HEAT - SAFETY TIPS