More hot, hazy and humid conditions are in store for the city, as we continue to sweat through another stretch of uncomfortable days, which could go down as the longest and most significant heat wave of the summer, so far.
Both Environment Canada and the Toronto’s Acting Medical Officer of Health have issued heat warnings, which will remain in place until further notice.
The forecast calls for highs in the mid-to-low 30s, from Tuesday right through to Saturday at least, but the humidity will make it feel much warmer, anywhere from 35° to 40°+.
Don’t bank on things cooling down much overnight either. Temperatures are expected to drop to about 23° or so.
And it will remain dry for the next few days at least. There’s a good chance of rain headed into the weekend, but it doesn’t appear there will be much in terms of significant rainfall.
The summer heat may be welcome to many, but it cause some issues, especially for seniors, young kids and those with breathing issues, so they, especially, should take it easy in conditions like this.
When it’s this hot, or you have to be outside, health officials say you shouldn’t over exert yourself, refrain from strenuous activity, wear loose, light colored clothing, put on a hat, and keep out of the direct sun. The main thing is to keep hydrated, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
There are seven cooling centres open during the heat warning:
Metro Hall 55 John St. (Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; weekends: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
East York Civic Centre 850 Coxwell Ave. (Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; weekends: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
North York Civic Centre 5100 Yonge St. (Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; weekends: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Etobicoke Civic Centre 399 The West Mall (Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; weekends: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Driftwood Community Centre 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days/week)
McGregor Community Centre 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days/week)
Centennial Community Centre1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days/week)
As well, a reminder not to leave kids or pets alone in a locked vehicle, for any length of time. It only takes minutes for the vehicle’s internal temperature to skyrocket.
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) August 9, 2016
Toronto Hydro is also reminding customers to ease up on the air conditioning during the heat wave. Try turning it up a few degrees or off when no one is home, close the blinds, use ceiling fans, and put off doing the laundry or dishes until after 7:00 p.m.