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July 15, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert extended; Medical Officer of Health to provide update
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has extended the
Extreme Heat Alert for today, the fifth consecutive day of this alert.
Environment Canada is forecasting oppressive heat conditions continuing through
to next week.

Dr. McKeown will hold a media briefing this afternoon to announce new measures
that have been taken to respond to health risks associated with this heat wave.

Date: July 15
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 5th Floor, 277 Victoria St. (corner of Dundas St. E., one block east
of Yonge St.)

An Extreme Heat Alert is declared when there is a period of sustained,
excessively hot weather and the likelihood of weather-related mortality exceeds
90 per cent. This is the 19th day a heat alert has been called this summer, 13
of which have been Extreme Heat Alerts.

The Red Cross and Emergency Medical Services will respond to requests to check
on those who may be at risk. Those in need of assistance can call the Red Cross
Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

For more information on Toronto’s Hot Weather Response Plan visit our Web site

Media contact:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health



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