NEWS

Toronto declares heat alert for 1st time this year

05/30/2013 12:07 EDT | Updated 07/30/2013 05:12 EDT
Toronto's chief medical officer of health has issued a heat alert advisory as today's temperatures are forecast to soar to a high of 30 C, possibly making it the hottest day of 2013.

Dr. David McKeown declared the heat alert will be in effect until further notice.

Under the advisory, Torontonians are reminded to stay cool and hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if they don't necessarily feel thirsty. Residents are also encouraged to check on vulnerable people who may suffer from heat-related illness, such as children and isolated seniors.

Other precautions to beat the heat include:

- Staying in air-conditioned indoor areas such as shopping malls or community centres

- Avoiding the sun and staying in the shade

- Wearing loose, breathable clothing and wide-brimmed hats

- Rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler times of the day

Anyone with heat-related concerns can call the city's toll-free info line at 311.

The heat is expected to continue into Friday, which will also have a high of 30 C, according to an Environment Canada forecast. Temperatures are expected to dip slightly over the weekend, with a 70 per cent chance of precipitation on Saturday.

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