Environment Canada warns of "deteriorating air quality" in Toronto

Jul 9 2020, 6:42 pm

Environment Canada released a statement on Thursday, warning of “deteriorating air quality” in Toronto as the heat wave continues.

For the past week, Toronto has been experiencing hot temperatures, prompting the weather agency to issue an air quality statement.

“Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the area,” the statement said.

Due to the air quality, individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath.

Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

“Exposure to air pollution is particularly a concern for children, the elderly, and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.”

Environment Canada emphasized that if anyone is experiencing symptoms, they should consider rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.

Therefore, residents should check the local weather forecasts and alerts to stay safe.

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