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Ivy Thompson brings her daughter Elina to McNabb Park’s wading pool almost every other day, for a fun way to escape the summer heat.
She hasn’t found the weather too bad this summer, but yesterday was almost too hot, she said, and Environment Canada suggests days are coming that could have Thompson consider hitting the pool even more often.
According to Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, it’s going to be hot in Ottawa right to the end of August, after an uncertain July.
“Our normal for this time of year is highs of around 26,” he said. “So we’re probably looking at high twenties and a few days getting into the low thirties as well.”
Jennifer Reid has been bringing her two children to different wading pools around the city as an inexpensive, fun way to spend an afternoon. And since children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of heat, it’s a good way to help kids cope.
But don’t overdo it, say emergency officials. Kids and adults alike sometimes stay out in the sun a little longer than they should, said J.P. Trottier with Ottawa Paramedics.
Signs that things are not going well with body heat are dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, prolonged sweating and thirst, he said.
“The mistake some people make is, five minutes later they feel a little bit better and they continue with their (activity),” he said. “You need to cool the inside body temperature down to normal levels.”