The heat warning issued by Environment Canada earlier today is still in effect but Environment Canada has also issued a Special Air Quality Statement for the City of Toronto.
As of 2 pm, it was 32.4°C (with a humidex value of 38°C) at Pearson Airport, making this the hottest September 24 to ever occur in Toronto – the previous record occurring in 2010 when the high reached 30.8°C.
Yesterday already broke a nearly 60-year-old heat record when it reached 33°C at 4 pm.
The special air quality statement has been issued due to the expectation of high levels of air pollution.
Find yourself a cool spot in the city, preferably indoors, and don’t strain yourself today.
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Hot and humid weather conditions are creating elevated pollution levels.
Possible high levels of air pollution are expected today.
A SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT is in place due to the possibility of deteriorating air quality. Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations this afternoon in the above regions. Moderate risk AQHI values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short-term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon.
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.
If you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation, consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted. Exposure to air pollution is particularly a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly.