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Hot, smoggy weather kicks off long weekend


Though perfect for the Caribbean Carnival parade, the hot, humid weather in Toronto Saturday prompted a heat alert, and humidex and smog advisories.

The city’s acting medical officer of health Barbara Yaffe declared a heat alert on Saturday morning and Environment Canada issued humidex and smog advisories for the GTA and much of southern Ontario.

“Everyone is encouraged to spare the air by taking public transit or by car pooling,” the agency said in a statement.

“You can help spare the air by avoiding non-essential car trips and the use of gas-powered motors, oil-based paints and aerosol sprays.”

An evening rain seemed to clear the thick air, and at around 8:30 p.m. smog advisories were called off for Toronto and the GTA.

The temperature peaked at 31 C on Saturday, but it felt closer to 40 C with the humidity.

┬áIt’s expected to be cooler on Sunday.

“An approaching cold front from the northwest will bring relief from the high humidex values on Sunday as a cooler and less humid air mass arrives in the wake of the front,” Environment Canada said.

During a heat alert, people are urged to check on family and friends who are at risk heat-related illness.

They include isolated adults, seniors, the chronically ill, infants and young children and the homeless.

Here are some tips to cope with the heat, courtesy of the city of Toronto.

  • Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty
  • Go to air conditioned places, including shopping malls, local libraries or 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
  • Stay in the shade or use an umbrella
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day
  • Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car

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