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Cool down Toronto

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 3:33 PM -

The heat has been on most people’s minds lately, especially for those in southern Ontario. With the temperature expected to linger around 30°C until Friday, many people are trying to beat the heat. This can be an especially hard task on hot and humid days. 

It is important to stay cool when heat alerts have been issued. If you do not have air conditioning, find a place that does, such as the mall or library. Cooling stations have also been set up around the city for anyone that needs a place to cool down. A list of cooling centers in the area can be found on the City of Toronto website.

Alternatively, going to the pool is a great way to cool off. Many community centres and pools around the GTA have extended their hours because of the increased temperatures. 

Checking in on those who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illnesses may also be a good idea. This includes calling isolated adults, those with certain medications, and the elderly to ensure they are alright and managing the heat well. 

Toronto Hydro is also urging the public to conserve as much power as possible. Hot days often prompt people to use more electricity, which in the past, has caused power outages across the city. They expect that there may be some power outages throughout the week. Toronto Hydro tweeted this on Monday with tips on how to conserve electricity use:

The temperature is expected to go down by the weekend. Until then, stay cool and keep hydrated. Try and refrain from going outside during mid-day sun and if you are going out don’t forget to wear a hat, sunscreen, and bring water.

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