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Heat warning continues for Toronto and GTA

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Jun 12th, 2017

Two women use paddle boards on Lake Ontario just off the boardwalk along Lakeshore Blvd., in Toronto on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. The temperature on the day was expected to hit 31C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Toronto and the GTA remain under a heat warning, with a high of 32 C in Monday’s forecast.

It will feel more like 40 with the Humidex, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said, and the city could break a weather record: June 12, 2007, saw a high of 32.4 C.

Monday will be sunny in the morning but cloudy in the afternoon, with a chance of showers or thunderstorms after 5 p.m. on 6 p.m. They should wrap up by 9 p.m., with a low near 20 C overnight.

Environment Canada and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health issued the heat warning for Toronto and the GTA due to hot and humid conditions expected on Sunday and early next week.

The warning encompasses Toronto, Hamilton, and the regions of York, Durham, Halton and Peel.

The heat poses a health risk, especially for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and those working or exercising outdoors. People are encouraged to cool off in air-conditioned places such as shopping malls, local libraries and community centres.

The city of Toronto has opened seven locations to offer relief from the heat:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St. (24 hours)
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • McGregor Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Centennial Community Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

 

The hot weather is expected continue into Tuesday, but will abate by the middle of the week.

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