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June 24, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert likely for Saturday, June 25
Based on forecasted weather conditions, an Extreme Heat Alert will likely be
declared tomorrow, June 25, by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of

Dr. McKeown urged residents to take precautions while having summer fun. "There
will be a lot of outdoor festivities this weekend, such as Pride Week events,
and everyone should play safely."

The Extreme Heat Alert will be announced early Saturday morning following
consultation with Environment Canada. An Extreme Heat Alert is declared when
there is a period of sustained, excessively hot weather and the likelihood of
weather-related death exceeds 90 per cent.

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
  • never leave children and pets unattended in a car

During an Extreme Heat Alert, four cooling centres are open for those needing

  • 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 (Burnamthorpe 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. More than 1,000 community partners are on alert to
monitor and assist vulnerable populations, such as elderly and homeless people,
and to distribute bottled water to these populations.

Those in need of assistance during an Extreme Heat Alert may 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

Media contacts:

Marco Vittiglio
Toronto Public Health

Dean Shaddock
Toronto Emergency Medical Services
(pager) 416-370-9866

Joanna King
Canadian Red Cross
(pager) 416-329-3865

For information about the cooling centres call:

Elaine Smyer
Emergency Planning
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
(pager) 416-714-2730



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