The temperature in Toronto will soar Thursday with an expected high of 30 °C. The last time the city saw that temperature? Think way back to August 30, 2012 — 273 days ago.
The City’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a heat alert for Thursday, advising people to monitor those who are most vulnerable to the heat, including isolated adults and seniors.
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Because it’s not an extreme heat alert, no cooling stations are open. Instead, the City is suggesting that people visit air-conditioned locations such as shopping malls, libraries or community centres.
“We only open the cooling centres if there is an increased chance of mortality,” said Kris Scheuer of Toronto Public Health.
As well, Scheuer said, it is important for people to remember that the heat alert is on until Toronto Public Health cancels it.
The other things to consider during the hot weather are the UV index and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI).
Thursday’s UV index will be 8, or very high. Thursday morning’s AQHI was 4, meaning that there was a moderate risk to vulnerable people. As the hot, humid weather continues, residents can expect the AQHI to increase.
So remember to keep drink plenty of fluids, limit strenuous activity and protect yourself from the sun.
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