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Toronto Heat Alert Upgraded To Extreme Heat Alert

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Extreme Heat Alert

Toronto has upgraded Heat Alert to an Extreme Heat Alert.

This is the first Extreme Heat Alert of the season. The Extreme Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.

Prolonged periods of heat may increase the risk of health effects for those populations most vulnerable, such as the elderly, infants, young children, the chronically ill, and those taking certain medications. The public is encouraged to call or visit vulnerable and elderly friends and neighbours who may be at risk of suffering health consequences from hot weather.

In addition to shopping malls, local libraries, or air conditioned community centres, during an Extreme Heat Alert five of the city's civic centres operate as Cooling Centres:

- Metro Hall, 55 John St. (John and King), open 24 hours

- East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (Coxwell and Mortimer), from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

- Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe and Hwy 427), from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

- North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (Yonge and Sheppard), from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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- Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. (McCowan and Hwy 401), from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Snacks and water are available at the five Cooling Centres.

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 air conditioned places, including shopping malls or one of more than 190 local library branches and air conditioned community centres located in each neighbourhood or one of the five Cooling Centres listed above

- Never leave the elderly, children or pets unattended in a car

- Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to set up dedicated cool rooms and check on vulnerable tenants. A few hours in a cooler location can save lives.

Many homeless shelters will also allow people to stay inside during the day to keep cool.