The heat may have triggered a high bacteria level that caused the closure of Alexandria's Island Park beach.
"We do not know exactly what can cause a high bacteria count but in this case it might be attributable to this long period of very hot weather," says Anne Leduc, director of community services with North Glengarry Township.
The swimming area was shut after the Eastern Ontario Health Unit detected a bacteria level that exceeds the safe swimming limit. The beach area will re-open after bacteria levels return to acceptable levels.
In the meantime, residents are encouraged to use the splash pad located west of the Sandfield Centre at Island Park.