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Extreme heat alert issued for Toronto

An extreme heat alert has been issued for Toronto and the city has opened cooling centres and extended hours at public pools to help residents cope.

City officials are also asking people to call on or visit those who may be vulnerable to the heat, especially isolated adults, seniors and the chronically ill.

Monday’s warning is an upgrade from the heat alert that was first issued on Sunday.

There’s a high of 32 C in the forecast for Monday — and it will feel close to 40 C with the humidity, CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said.

“That’s the same for the next two days as well,” she added.

It’s going to be almost a full week of hot, humid weather “but by the end of the week we should get a reprieve,” she said.

Expect pop-up showers and thunderstorms every day this week, “so you’ve got to be eyes to the sky.”

The muggy weather is expected to break Thursday or Friday, she said.

“And then we’ll get into a wet stretch,” just in time for Canada Day weekend, Ramsahai said.

Check the full weather forecast here.

Click here for a full list of cooling centre locations.

Click here for extended public pool hours.

Here are tips for dealing with hot weather from Toronto Public Health:

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

Anyone needing help during a heat alert can call 311.

For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.