The region’s first heat warning kicked off this past weekend and is expected to continue into Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday temperatures are expected to be in the low 30s with a humidex near forty. Temperatures are expected to lower during overnight periods, but that provides little relief during the busy hours of the day.

Environment Canada recommends people stay hydrated (preferably with plain water), and to periodically find cool or shady places to limit sun exposure for people who plan to spend long periods of time outside.

Environment Canada is also warning people to watch out for the effects of heat-related illness, including swelling, rashes, cramps, heat stroke, heat exhaustion and the worsening of some health conditions. Also, be extra cautious if you take a medication that warns you to limit sun exposure. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions.