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article imageToronto under 'Extreme Heat Alert', feels like 41 degrees Celsius

By Andrew Moran     Jul 20, 2011 in Environment
Toronto - Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, issued a standard heat alert Tuesday, but with temperatures feeling like 40-plus degrees Celsius, the city is now under an Extreme Heat Alert.
A heat wave has plagued the city of Toronto for the last week or so. The sun has shined, but no rain has fallen. The heat has cooked up Torontonians, but according to the latest weather forecasts from the Weather Network, there is no respite anytime soon.
On Tuesday, Dr. David McKeown, the city’s Medical Officer of Health, issued a heat alert. A day later, Dr. McKeown upgraded it to an Extreme Heat Alert, which will be in effect until further notice.
This is the city’s first extreme heat alert of the year. Temperatures will hit 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) Wednesday, but feel like 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit. Thursday’s high is projected to be 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit), but it will feel like 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit).
The city has also issued “Beat the Heat” precautions, including urging the public to drink lots of water, staying out of the sun, reducing strenuous activity between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and staying in air-conditioned venues.
Cooling centres have been opened and are located at the following places:
- 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 Olympium - 590 Rathburn Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- McGregor Community Centre - 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Centennial Park Community Centre - 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Landlords of apartment buildings that do not have air conditioners must provide their tenants with a cooling room.
“During an Extreme Heat Alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids,” said the Toronto medical officer.
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