The temperature topped out at a thermometer-busting 32 degrees in Toronto today. Forty-two with the humidity.
The heat prompted the city to declare a heat alert.
“This heat can make things more difficult when I do my daily errands,” said 19-year-old Veronica Peacock, an avid beach-goer and athlete. “I make sure I always carry a water bottle with me, as well as keeping my electrolytes up with sport drinks. I also make sure that I am wearing a hat or have an umbrella with me.
“And when I go on my runs, I make sure I stick to where there is shade or somewhere there is a wind tunnel so I can catch a breeze.”
Dr. David McKeown, the city’s medical officer of health, is calling on Torontonians to look out for one another during the extreme temperatures.
“During a heat alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids,” McKeown said in a press release earlier today.
“Other groups at risk include people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally housed or homeless.”