The New Brunswick Department of Health issued a Heavy Level 1 warning for Wednesday. The temperature could each 38 in the afternoon on Wednesday.
The department’s alert concerns mainly Fredericton, Chipman, Oromocto, Woodstock and St. Stephen. In Moncton, however, temperatures could rise to 31 degrees.
The moisture index exceeds 80% throughout the province. In northern New Brunswick, the humidex index also reaches 30 in Edmundston, Caraquet and Bathurst.
The Public Health Heat Alert Index has three levels. When a level 1 heat warning is issued, this means that some vulnerable people may be inconvenienced by heat. The main cause of discomfort or death during a heat wave is the worsening of pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Persons most at risk and most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat:
- young children and elders;
- the homeless and those suffering from social isolation;
- people with chronic diseases;
- people taking certain medications.
The authorities invite citizens to contact the 811 phone line if they have questions about their medication.
Heavy heat alerts are posted on the main page of the Government of New Brunswick’s website and on the Twitter account of Health NB.
The Regional Public Health Offices and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization will monitor the weather closely and keep citizens informed.