Friday, August 26, 2016

Bathurst, St. Stephen, in New Brunswick, receive level 1 heat alert for Friday

Office of Public Health issued heat warning for Friday as humidex levels are expected to be between 35 and 39

CBC News Posted: Aug 26, 2016 7:22 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 26, 2016 7:22 AM AT
St. Stephen, Bathurst and some parts of the Acadian peninsula are facing a level one heat alert on Friday, according to the Office of Public Health.

The warning was issued after forecasts suggested the humidex level in these areas will make the temperature feel like it is between 35 and 39 for a significant portion of the daylight hours.

Environment Canada says the high temperature will be 28 C in Bathurst and there is a risk of thundershowers starting on Friday afternoon but the humidex will make it feel much warmer.

In St. Stephen, there is a 40 per cent chance of showers, and the temperature is expected to hit 30 C on Friday with the humidex making it feel like it is 37.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's acting chief medical officer of health, said seniors over 65, children under four and people with certain chronic medical conditions are among the most at risk for heat-related illness.

"Heat events can pose a risk to public health, even here in New Brunswick," Russell said in a statement on Thursday.

"Families and friends should check regularly on those most at risk for heat-related illness to make sure they are properly protected."