With temperatures expected to sore into the mid-40s this week, Environment Canada is calling this the most significant heat event in the past few years.
As for overnight temperatures, Environment Canada says we can expect them to ‘dip’ into the low-30s, with high teens in some rural areas, providing little or no relief from the heat.
Thankfully a cool down is finally expected by Friday as a cold front moves in.
But leading up to Friday, when the hot weather strikes, there are plenty of ways you can stay cool in the city.
According to the City, during a heat warning, the public can beat the heat by taking the following precautions:
- Visit one of the 58 local swimming pools. Many of them receive extended hours during heat waves.
- Visit a local beach to cool off.
- Drink lots of water, even before you feel thirsty.
- Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls, local libraries and community centres.
- Take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels to cool down.
- Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and when outdoors wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day.
- Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car.
- And remember to always apply sunscreen when going outside.