Hot, humid weather looms in the forecast for P.E.I.

Summer doesn't officially begin until Thursday evening, but the heat is being turned up in a big way over Prince Edward Island this week.

Hot and humid weather is expected to blanket the Island, with temperatures forecast to hit 28 C Wednesday and 30 C the next day.

The humidex could make it feel as hot as 40 C by the time the summer solstice arrives at 5:50 p.m. AT on Thursday.

"A big ridge in the jet stream opens the door for a few hot and humid days, the warmest of which will be Wednesday and Thursday before we see some relief into Friday," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

The warmest weather is forecast to hit Wednesday and Thursday before temperatures ease into Friday.
The warmest weather is forecast to hit Wednesday and Thursday before temperatures start to ease on Friday. (Jay Scotland/CBC)

The P.E.I. Chief Public Health Office issued a news release Tuesday morning urging Islanders to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Advice includes:

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, which can lead to dehydration.

  • Wear appropriate clothing: Choose lightweight, loose-fitting and light-coloured clothing. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for added protection.

  • Use sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin. Reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.

  • Food safety: Keep perishable foods refrigerated below 40°F to prevent bacterial growth. Avoid leaving food out for an extended period of time. Use insulated coolers with ice packs when transporting perishable groceries.

  • Check on vulnerable people: Ensure that young children, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, people who work outside, people experiencing homelessness, and people taking specific medications are staying cool and hydrated. Never leave anyone, especially children and pets, in a parked car, even with the windows down.

The news release also urges Islanders to stay on top of local weather forecasts and heat advisories.

The province has more tips on coping with an extreme heat-related emergency at Stay Cool, PEI  and Preparing for Heat Waves.