Understanding and Assessing Impacts
Historical climate records indicate that Oxford County, Ontario, is one of the hottest regions Canada, having experienced some of the highest recorded temperatures and humidex values in the country. Furthermore, climate predictions indicate that this region see a doubling of days over 30°C by the middle of the century. These heat hazards are only exacerbated by a number of issues that are distinct to Oxford as a largely rural area. With an older population, many people working in high-risk occupations relying on manual labour conducted outdoors, poor access to transit and other public services, and a constant struggle to find enough resources for existing medical support facilities, Oxford County is at a higher risk to the threats of extreme heat than other regions of Canada.