Heatwave continues in Toronto region

Jun 19, 2024 | GTA/Local News

Environment Canada issued another heatwave warning this week that’s expected to affect several parts of the province including Toronto.

“A prolonged heat event continues through Friday or Saturday. Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected,” the Environment Canada website said.

Image shows Environment Canada warning flashed on a mobile phone

GTA to face a week full of extreme heat conditions Photo credit: Environment Canada

The Environment Canada website said extreme heat conditions could have an impact on public health too.

“The health risks are greater for older adults, infants and young children, pregnant people, people with physical and/or mental illnesses, and people with disabilities or mobility issues,” the website said.

A woman drinking water to keep herself hydrated

Environment Canada issues heatwave warning for Ontario for this week Photo credit: pexels Andrea Picquadio

Temperatures in the GTA could reach 30 to 35 C and feel as hot as 45 C with the humidity.

Environment Canada said to watch for signs of heat stroke which the people could experience.

“Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions,” the Environment Canada website said.

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is making changes to sporting and other activities due to heat warnings.

TDSB website said the board does not plan on closing schools because of the heat conditions.

“Closing schools during a heat warning is not an action typically taken by TDSB or other school boards across the province, as it would put parents/ guardians/ caregivers in the challenging position of having to find childcare with very short notice, which is not always possible,” the TDSB website said.

“Reduce strenuous activities, including gym, sports activities, and recess,” the TDSB website said.

Humber’s Spirituality and Wellness Centre (SWC) planned a Mindful Walk on June 18, 2024, at the Humber Arboretum but was postponed until further notice due to the heatwave warning.

Anum Mudassar standing outside Spirituality and wellness center

Anum Mudassar, DCC and events assistant, SWC Photo credit: Kritika .

Anum Mudassar, events assistant for SWC, said they are disappointed for the people who wanted to join them.

Mudassar said they would now wait for the weather conditions to improve as they wanted everyone to have fun and relax.

“It was best to postpone this for better weather, a better day,” she said. “We don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable or go home early or end the walk soon due to the heat. We want everyone to have a good time.”

Ansh Khajuria, a Toronto resident, said his apartment’s air conditioner does not provide any relief from the extreme heat conditions and temperatures.

“I might go for a portable fan or another portable air conditioner looking at the temperatures and heat conditions,” Khajuria said.

He said he has been living in the same place for three years but never faced such warm conditions.