In addition to the heat warning issued by Environment Canada, a special air quality alert has been issued for the City of Toronto.
According to Environment Canada, today’s hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations this afternoon, which means high levels of air pollution is possible.
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“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,” states Environment Canada. “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.”
Further information on how to reduce health risks in a heat wave, and during times of high levels of air pollution, is available on Environment Canada‘s website.