Environment Canada issues heat warning for Toronto

Jul 24 2020, 1:03 pm

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Toronto, as a heat event is expected to begin Saturday and end by early Tuesday.

According to the warning, temperatures are expected to approach or meet heat warning criteria Saturday with highs of 30 or 31 degrees and lows early Sunday near 21 degrees.

“Sunday and Monday will feel particularly uncomfortable with highs in the low thirties and humidex values of 40,” said Environment Canada. “Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and result in the air quality health index approaching the high risk category.”

The weather agency expects somewhat cooler and less humid air to arrive by early Tuesday.

“Extreme heat affects everyone,” said the warning.

“The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.”

It advises to never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle, and outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

Stay hydrated, Toronto.

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