Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued an “Extended Heat Warning” for the city.
Daytime highs will hover near 30° over the weekend and right through next week, none of which takes the added humidity into account.
It seems there won’t be much relief from the heat even during the overnight hours which are expected to be over 20 throughout the upcoming week.
Toronto Public Health issues warnings for high heat or humidity that is expected to last two or more days. Dr. Barbara Yaffe issued the heat warning for the city, which will remain in place until further notice.
Health experts say with this kind of heat, you should avoid doing anything strenuous outdoors and avoid the sun. If you do have to be outside, drink plenty of fluids, even if you’re not thirsty, and keep cool. Wear loose, light colored, breathable clothing and wear a wide brimmed hat.
Toronto Hydro is reminding its customers to help ease the strain on the system by turning off the air conditioning while no one is home, or turn it up a few degrees, use ceiling fans, close the blinds , and put off doing dishes and laundry until after 7:00 p.m.
Police have also issued their own reminder: do not leave children or pets in a locked car for any length of time. The results of doing so could be very serious.
During extended heat warnings, the city opens several cooling centres, they include:
- Metro Hall @ 55 John St.
- East York Civic Centre @ 850 Coxwell Ave. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- North York Civic Centre @ 5100 Yonge St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Driftwood Community Centre @ 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Etobicoke Civic Centre @ 399 The West Mall (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- McGregor Community Centre @ 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Centennial Community Centre @ 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
The City of Toronto Hot Weather Response Plan is a protocol for hot weather response which aims at reducing the incidence of heat-related illness and death in Toronto, due to extreme heat.