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Medical Officer of Health issues heat warning for Toronto

Last Updated Sep 24, 2017 at 8:50 am EDT

Based on information from Environment Canada, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, has issued a heat warning for Toronto on Saturday.

The warning will be in effect until further notice.

A heat warning issued for the GTA by Environment Canada on Friday also remains in effect. The agency said temperatures and humidity are expected to increase this weekend under continued sunny skies. Maximum humidex values are forecast to approach 40 on both Saturday and Sunday.

This came one day after the City of Toronto announced that it would be turning the water back on at most of its nearly 100 splash pads.

“We have decided to reprioritize work and delay closure due to the unseasonably warm temperatures,” Matthew Cutler, a spokesman for Parks, Forestry and Recreation, told CityNews in an email.

Environment Canada is reminding the public to schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day and to seek cool places such as shady areas, swimming pools, and air-conditioned buildings.

Children, pregnant women, seniors, people with chronic illnesses and those working or exercising outside are at greater risk in these conditions.

Seven cooling stations have been opened in the GTA, offering an air-conditioned place to rest and have a cool drink and snack. Cots are also provided for those who feel ill from the heat.

Click here for more information about cooling stations and their locations.