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July 19, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert terminated
Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Acting Medical Officer of Health, has terminated the Extreme
Heat Alert that had been in place since Monday, July 11.

The Environment Canada forecast calls for a much lower humidex today and
tomorrow, with lower temperatures overnight. There is a possible return to heat
alert levels on Thursday.

The termination of the Extreme Heat Alert means the City’s cooling centres will
not be open.

Toronto Public Health staff visited about 370 rooming houses and boarding homes
during the last several days of the Extreme Heat Alert. Public Health
inspectors and nurses provided advice to residents and landlords on staying
cool and beating the heat.

A Heat Alert is called when an “oppressive” air mass is forecast and the
likelihood of excess weather-related mortality exceeds 65 per cent. An Extreme
Heat Alert is called when the likelihood of weather-related mortality exceeds
90 per cent.

Residents can call Toronto Health Connection for advice on beating the heat:

For more information visit our Web site at

Media contact:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health



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