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Longest and most significant heat wave of summer has arrived in Toronto

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DH Toronto Staff Aug 08, 2016 10:51 pm

Another week, another heat wave in Toronto.

Environment Canada issued a heat warning for the city of Toronto this morning, as temperatures are expected to reach the low 30s this afternoon. Add on the humidity factor, and Toronto’s weather will be in the mid 30s.

“Humidex values peaking in the upper thirties to low 40s are expected beginning Wednesday as well,” stated Environment Canada in their heat warning. “This may be the longest and most significant heat wave of the summer so far.”

According to Environment Canada, a weak cold front with a chance of showers may move through sometime on Friday night, which will provide relief from the heat and humidity. For now, the City of Toronto’s cooling centres are open to the public, offering much needed relief until the heat passes.

Heat warning are issued the very high temperature or humid conditions are expected, which poses elevated heat-related illnesses. Environment Canada recommends visiting neighbours, friends, and elder family members to make sure they are hydrated and cool. As well, never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

The Weather Network is currently showing Thursday and Friday as the hottest days this week, with the high peaking at 43 degrees with the humidex.

Weather Network

The Weather Network

Seven City of Toronto cooling centres are open during Heat Warnings at the following locations:
• 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 Centre – 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days/week)

Stay cool and hydrated, Toronto.


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