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Heat warning issued for Toronto as temperatures soar into the 30s, cooling centres to be opened

A man sleeps on the sandy beach along Lake Ontario in the extreme heat in Toronto on Friday, July 19, 2019.
A man sleeps on the sandy beach along Lake Ontario in the extreme heat in Toronto on Friday, July 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Toronto on Monday that is expected to last until Wednesday as daytime highs reach above 30 C.

Monday’s daytime high is expected to reach 32 C, except for areas right by Lake Ontario which will a see cooler daytime high of around 24 C. Monday night is expected to see a low of 19 C.

“Temperatures are forecast to be slightly higher Tuesday and Wednesday. Humidex values in the mid to upper thirties are also expected,” the weather agency said in a statement.

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Beginning Tuesday morning, the City of Toronto will open six cooling centre locations that are publicly accessible and air-conditioned for those that need it. Cool drinks will also be made available.

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Due to COVID-19, several facilities that were used as “cool spaces” in 2019 around Toronto are closed.

The following is a list of centres that will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

• Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
• Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
• Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd.
• Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
• Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
• Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Environment Canada warns “extreme heat affects everyone” and to drink plenty of water even before feeling thirsty. They also warn people to stay in a cool place and to never leave pets inside a parked vehicle.

The weather agency said heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses such as a heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Tuesday is expected to see a daytime high of 31 C, with a humidex of 39.

Wednesday is expected to reach 31 C.

With files from Jessica Patton