Extreme temperatures continue in Toronto today

Jul 4 2019, 2:28 pm

It’s safe to say that summer 2019 is off to a great start in Toronto.

Following a beautiful Canada Day weekend, the sunshine and hot temperatures will be sticking around well into next week.

But with the sunshine comes a Special Weather Statement from Environment Canada, as high daytime temperatures are expected through Friday.

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“A relatively hot and humid airmass has reached the area and will remain in place through Friday,” reads the statement from the weather agency.

“Maximum afternoon temperatures near 30 degrees and humidex values in the high thirties are forecast for most areas with slightly cooler temperatures near the shores of the Great Lakes.”

On Thursday, a high of 30ºC is expected, followed by 31ºC on Friday, which could feel as hot as 40ºC with the humidex.

Luckily, evening temperatures are forecast to hover in the 20ºCs, providing some relief from the heat during the overnight hours.

By Saturday morning, a cold front will make its way into the region, bringing cooler temperatures and lower humidity for the weekend.

Environment Canada

According to the City of Toronto, extreme heat can cause a number of negative health concerns ranging from heat stress to heatstroke, and even death.

To make sure residents and visitors stay safe during periods of extreme heat, the city says there are over 270 cool locations available through Toronto’s expanded Heat Relief Network.

This includes community centres and pools, civic centres, drop-ins, and several private and non-profit organizations, including some shopping malls and YMCA locations.

These locations are open to the public during regular business hours, plus the network also includes shelters and 24-hour respite centres that are available to individuals experiencing homelessness. A full list of locations can be found here.

There are also a number of actions individuals can take to beat the heat and stay safe: 

  • Drink plenty of cool water, even before you feel thirsty.
  • Go to an air-conditioned place.
  • Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing.
  • Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
  • Do not leave a person or pet inside a parked car.
  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist to learn how your medications could increase your risk to heat.
  • Check on at-risk family, friends or neighbours, especially seniors living alone.
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