October 23,

Three Local Beaches Safe for Swimming Today

heat warning 3 daysSeptember 25, 2017 – Beach Water Quality Testing Extended Due to Heat Wave Extended Heat Warning in Effect

Peterborough Public Health has confirmed the following three local, high-use beaches are safe for swimming today: Beavermead and Rogers Cove in the City of Peterborough, and Lakefield Beach in Selwyn Township.

Peterborough Public Health has resumed beach water quality testing for the duration of the heat event at these sites due to the unusual heat wave. Typically, beach water testing wraps up each season after the Labour Day weekend.

Residents can find out the latest beach water quality results of these three beaches by visiting www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.  Peterborough Public Health notes that residents who chose to swim in other local beaches not currently tested do so at their own risk.

The unseasonably hot and humid conditions are expected to continue early this week.  Mostly sunny skies will allow daytime temperatures to reach the low thirties, with humidex values approaching forty again on Monday and Tuesday.  A cold front is expected to move across Southern Ontario through the day Wednesday bringing cooler temperatures for the remainder of the week.

People suffer heat-related illnesses when their body temperature quickly rises and they are unable to cool themselves. The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. If you feel faint, find it hard to breathe, or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.

Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are alright.

Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. This decreases your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

For further information about protecting yourself and others during extreme heat, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence, Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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