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‘Seek a cool place’: Heat warning issued for Toronto

Click to play video: 'People flock to pools, beaches as temperatures soar in the city'
People flock to pools, beaches as temperatures soar in the city
WATCH ABOVE: With temperatures hitting upwards of 30C, many Torontonians are turning to their nearest body of water to stay cool. Brittany Rosen has more – Jul 19, 2022

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the City of Toronto, with temperatures expected to reach near 31 C on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the warning, the agency said humidex values are expected to reach the upper 30s and will extend into Wednesday.

“Tonight’s overnight low near 20 C will provide little relief from the heat,” the warning read.

Read more: Heat warnings for large stretch of Ontario as temperatures near mid 30s

The agency said that hot and humid air can bring “deteriorating air quality” which could result in the Air Quality Health Index approaching the high-risk category.

“Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions,” the warning read.

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The agency said people should “seek a cool place,” such as a shaded area, pool, shower or bath, or an air-conditioned building.

“Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle,” Environment Canada said.

The agency also warned the public to watch for symptoms of heat illness including dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

According to Environment Canada, “slightly cooler” temperatures are expected on Thursday.

In a tweet, the City of Toronto said seven pools will be open until 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday:

  • Alex Duff
  • Giovanni Caboto
  • McGregor Park
  • Monarch Park
  • Parkway Forest
  • Smithfield Park
  • Sunnyside / Gus Ryder

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