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WEATHER ALERT: Heat warning in effect for Toronto and area

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 by in Scarborough | 0 comments

WEATHER ALERT: Heat warning in effect for Toronto and area

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Toronto and the GTA over the next few days beginning Tuessday, Aug. 9.

Temperatures are expected to hit the low 30s on Tuesday but will feel like 40 C with the humidex.

Hot and humid conditions under partly to mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday through Friday. Afternoon temperatures will reach the low to mid 30s, and early morning minimum temperatures may briefly reach the low 20s.


During a heat warning, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids.

Other groups at risk include people with chronic illnesses, individuals with limited mobility or certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are homeless.

Members of the public are advised to beat the heat by taking these precautions:

• Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.

• Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls, libraries or community centres.

• Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.

• Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat.

• Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.

• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.

• Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car.

When a warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries may call 311.

Click for more information on heat warnings and extended heat warnings.

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