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Extreme heat alert in Toronto

The Beaches area of Toronto has been packed this week
The Beaches area of Toronto has been packed this week

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

September 2, 2010 — Once again, health officials in Toronto have extended an extreme heat alert for the city. The good news is that there is relief in sight.

Another hot day on tap for Wednesday
Another hot day on tap for Wednesday

What a way to welcome to month of September.

For the third day in a row the city of Toronto hit 32°C, reaching official “heat wave” status. On Monday, the temperature sky-rocketed to 34°C, which is about 10°C above normal for this time of year and was also the hottest day so far this season. Factor in the humidity and it was feeling into the 40's.

Because of this onset of hot weather, health officials have extended an extreme heat alert. It's the latest in the season an alert of its kind has ever been issued. Medical officer of health Dr. David McKeown says the alert will remain in effect until further notice.

At this time, people are urged to check on those who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, especially children and seniors. The city has opened special cooling centres for those who want to escape the heat.

Tanya Elliot is with the Canadian Red Cross. She describes the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“Things like dizziness, feeling weak, feeling hot. If you or somebody you are with is feeling that way or if they become faint at all then it's definitely time to consider calling 911.”

Humidex advisory for southern Ontario
Humidex advisory for southern Ontario

We hit the streets of the GTA to find out whether people were liking the hot weather or not.

“Oh, I love it,” said one runner. “I don't mind that it's hot, I don't mind that it's humid. I think it's just fantastic.”

Another pedestrian disagreed.

“Don't like the heat too much,” he told The Weather Network. 32°C is a bit too much.”

Toronto isn't the only city coping with unseasonably warm conditions. The heat is being felt right across Ontario and Quebec this week. The same airmass is also bringing warm temperatures to the Maritimes.

Still, if you don't enjoy this kind of weather, relief is on the way.

A weak cold front is sweeping across the province today, bringing thundershowers to parts of Ontario. A second cold front on Friday will bring heavier rain and cool things down significantly.

“Once the front moves across our region, temperatures will actually be below seasonal in southern Ontario,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “We're only looking at a daytime high of 18 in the city of Toronto on Saturday.”

For more on the weather conditions in Toronto, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your regional forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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