SOURCE: Watermelon.org

Watermelon.org

July 15, 2015 14:30 ET

Prepare for Canada's "Hottest Day of the Year"!

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 15, 2015) - It's time to stock up on watermelon! Environment Canada has calculated when the hottest day of 2015 will be!(1)

The hottest day of the year, by Canadian city

Barrie Jul-24   Quebec City Jul-24
Brandon        Jul-29   Regina Aug-02
Calgary Jul-31   Saskatoon Aug-01
Charlottetown Jul-28   St. John's Jul-29
Edmonton Jul-30   Sudbury Jul-23
Fredericton Jul-26   Thunder Bay Jul-26
Halifax Aug-01   Timmins Jul-21
Iqaluit Jul-26   Toronto    Jul-23
Kamloops Jul-30   Vancouver Aug-02
Kelowna Aug-01   Victoria Jul-31
London Jul-23   Whitehorse Jul-20
Montreal Jul-22   Winnipeg Jul-28
Ottawa Jul-22   Yellowknife Jul-17

NOTE: While the actual peak mean daily maximum temperature varies each year, these dates are the average for the full period of record.(2)

Now that you know when the hottest day of the year will be -- what can you do to prepare? Registered Dietitian Cara Rosenbloom suggests keeping a water bottle handy, and adds that a fun way to stay cool is to enjoy watermelon for healthy hydration.

"Watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit," says Rosenbloom. "It's refreshing, juicy and delicious, and packs some serious hydrating power because it contains large amounts of free water -- it's about 92% water by volume."

It also contains natural sugars, some electrolytes, vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene, an antioxidant has been shown to improve heart health and may protect against lung, prostate and stomach cancers!(3) It also has an abundance of the amino-acid L-Citrulline. Studies report that watermelon supports exercise performance and acts as a countermeasure to exercise-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, immune dysfunction and arterial stiffness.(4)(5) All this for less than 50 calories per cup!(6)

Enjoy a slice, make your own watermelon ice pops, or try one of these delicious summer recipes from watermelon.org!

Hot Summer Day Recipes Available:

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. Open them for ventilation when it is cooler in the evening.
  • If you can, stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water or enjoy hydrating fruit like watermelon. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

About:
The National Watermelon Promotion Board
(watermelon.org) is based in Winter Springs, Florida and represents 1,500 growers, shippers and importers.

Registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom is president of Words to Eat By, a nutrition communications company based in Toronto. Nourish,her first cookbook, will be in stores in autumn 2015.

(1) Calculated by Senior Climatologist, David Phillips, June 2015.

(2) Period of record ranges from 50-130 years, depending on the Canadian city

(3) http://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/diet-cancer/nutrition/how-lycopene-helps-protect-against-cancer

(4) http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf400964r

(5) http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/27/1_MeetingAbstracts/1076.6?sid=5d213fbb-ec73-48f6-b612-a86d33bbbc47

(6) http://webprod3.hc-sc.gc.ca/cnf-fce/start-debuter.do?lang=eng

Contact Information

  • For more information, full recipes and photos, please contact:
    Nicole Marenick
    Faye Clack Communications
    nmarenick@fayeclack.com
    Cell: 905 220 6577