Heat Alert upgraded to Extreme Heat Alert, cooling centres open|
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Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has upgraded yesterday’s Heat Alert to an Extreme Heat Alert for today, May 31.
Prolonged periods of heat may increase the risk of health effects for those populations most vulnerable, such as the elderly, infants, young children, the chronically ill, and those taking certain medications (e.g. for mental illness). High heat this early in the summer can have a more serious affect on vulnerable people, as the body has not yet adjusted to hot weather.
The public is encouraged to call or visit vulnerable and elderly friends and neighbours who may be at risk from hot weather.
During an Extreme Heat Alert four cooling centres are open for those needing relief:
- Metro Hall, 55 John St. (John and King)
- East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (Coxwell and Mortimer)
- Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe and Hwy 427)
- North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (Yonge and Sheppard).
Metro Hall will be open 24 hours while the three civic centres will operate from 11 a.m. to
7 p.m. Homeless shelters will allow people to stay inside during the day to keep cool.
The public is advised to “Beat the Heat” by taking these precautions:
- drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
- stay out of the blazing sun or heat
- avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
- go to places that are air conditioned, including shopping malls and libraries
- never leave children or pets unattended in a car.
Toronto Public Health
Canadian Red Cross
905-890-1000 ext 202
For information about the cooling centres:
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration