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Toronto remains under extreme heat alert

Toronto remains under an extreme heat but a Humidex advisory issued for the city and southern Ontario has ended.

“It’s another hot one with daytime highs around 30 C,  feeling closer to the upper 30s, almost 40 C mark,” CityNews weather specialist Frank Ferragine said Tuesday.

“There’s also a risk of some isolated thunderstorms.”

However, the real rain won’t arrive until later in the week. Late Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, the city could see about 15 millimetres of rain, Ferragine said.

Check the full weather forecast here.

City officials first issued a heat alert on Sunday and upgraded it to an extreme alert on Monday.

The city has opened cooling centres and extended hours at public pools to help residents cope.

Click here for a full list of cooling centre locations.

Click here for extended public pool hours.

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.

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.