Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Heat Alerts in Toronto

Feel the burn. Be the toast. The Heat Alert for Toronto, declared once again on July 27, continues into mid-week. The warm weather news release follows on Environment Canada information and announced by Toronto's Medical Officer of Health.
Warnings of greater risks from heat-related illness, especially those susceptible to illness, like the young and old or those on medications. Those with heat-related inquires or need assistance can call 311 or find more information here. Here are some fire performers from the annual Buskerfest.
"Members of the public are advised to beat the heat by taking these precautions:
• Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
• Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls or one of many local libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood.
• Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
• Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear a
wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.
• Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car."

TO THE EXTREME! Toronto's Heat Alert was upgraded to an Extreme Heat Alert on July 29. When we do things, we do it to the MAX, just like some kind of cola commercial. You can cool off at some of the following city locations and pools.

"In addition to air-conditioned shopping malls, local libraries and neighbourhood community centres, cooling centres are open during Extreme Heat Alerts at the following seven locations:
• Metro Hall – 55 John St. (This cooling centre opens at 11 a.m. on the day the alert is issued and remains open 24 hours a day for the duration of the Extreme Heat Alert.)
• East York Civic Centre – 850 Coxwell Ave. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Driftwood Community Centre – 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Etobicoke Civic Centre – 399 The West Mall (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• McGregor Community Centre – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Centennial Park Community Centre – 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)"

The City of Toronto's extended hours pool program is in effect again today. The following eight pools will be open until 11:45 p.m. tonight, weather permitting:

• Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St.
• Alexandra Park Pool, 275 Bathurst St.
• Cummer Park Community Centre Pool, 6000 Leslie St.
• Giovanni Caboto Outdoor Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.
• McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
• Monarch Park Pool, 115 Felstead Ave.
• Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
• Smithfield Outdoor Pool, 175 Mount Olive Dr.

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