Many Canadians welcome the arrival of hot summer days as respite from our long, cold winters. Understandably, we tend to think of more summer heat as a good thing. But too much heat can be dangerous.
Climate models show that heat waves will be much more common in the future. That means we need to learn more about how heat can affect us, and know how to reduce risk by doing things like limiting time outside and looking out for vulnerable friends, family, and neighbours.
And while climate change will make the health risks from heat more dangerous, these risks can be prevented and avoided. We can head off the threat posed by very high temperatures by preventing global warming from getting worse.
Many Canadians welcome the arrival of hot summer days as respite from our long, cold winters.
But too much heat can be dangerous.
There’s no doubt that with climate change we’re going to see more heat waves. Even temperate coastal cities such as Vancouver are preparing for extreme heat impacts.
This report takes a look at what extreme heat means for the health of Canadians.
Download the report (PDF, 16MB)