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article imageFirst heat alert declared of the season in Toronto with humid day

By Andrew Moran     May 28, 2012 in Environment
Toronto - Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued the first heat alert of the season Monday. Temperatures are forecast to feel as high as 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 degrees Fahrenheit).
With summer having unofficially made its arrival, the heat is on in the city of Toronto – and not just at city hall. In a news release issued Monday morning, Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, declared a heat alert that will be in effect until further notice.
According to the Weather Network, Monday’s forecast may be the hottest of the year thus far. For most of Monday, it will be hot, hazy and humid with temperatures to hit a high of 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit), but it will feel more like 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 degrees Fahrenheit).
The UV index will be eight or very high and winds will gust southwest to 25 km/h (15 miles per hour).
Rain is not expected to happen until midnight. Thunderstorms are forecasted for Tuesday and isolated showers for Wednesday. Temperatures will fall throughout the rest of the week when it lowers to 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit) from Thursday to Saturday.
The city is encouraging the public to drink lots of water, stay in air conditioned facilities, take a cold shower, avoid the sun and stay indoors, wear loose clothing, reschedule outdoor activities for another day and never leave children, pets or seniors unattended in the vehicle.
Many groups of people are at risk on days like this, including those with limited mobility issues, young children, sufferers of mental health issues, seniors, individuals with heart and lung conditions and the homeless.
It may feel like Monday’s temperatures are breaking records – the record high for May 28 was set in 1987 when it was 32.5 degrees Celsius (90.5 degrees Fahrenheit) and the record low was established in 1949 when temperatures dipped to -0.6 degrees Celsius (33.08 degrees Fahrenheit).
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