Environment Canada predicting that Wednesday will be the hottest day of the year, so far.
“There’s a ridge of high pressure that’s been around for a few days and it’s beginning to build up bringing the high to about 34 degrees” according to Rosemary Tabory of Environment Canada.
With that the agency is issuing a heat warning for Toronto, as well as Peel, Halton, Durham, and York regions.
The city of Toronto has initiated a heat alert. That means cooling centres are open, pools are expected to stay open longer, and the Red Cross will be on the streets handing out water to the most vulnerable.
The SPCA reporting they’ve had 19 calls involving pets locked in cars over the last two days. Once again, Toronto police urging drivers not to leave pets or children in vehicles during the searing heat.
Air conditioners are working overtime, Toronto Hydro is asking customers to limit the strain on the grid by easing up on their electricity use. Monday’s peak was about 4,100 megawatts, close to last year’s record high of about 4,200 megawatts.
Environment Canada recommends keeping a lot of water around and find places to keep out of like shopping malls and general indoor facilities where there’s some relief.
Symptoms of heat illness, can include
– dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting
– rapid breathing and heartbeat
– extreme thirst and
– decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
They say if you experience any of these symptoms, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids, water being best.