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Toronto, May 27 (Canadian-Media): Environment Canada has issued heat warning for the most of southern Ontario for the third consecutive, media reports said.
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Environment Canada in its weather advisory said May 26 that the heat in southern Ontario is expected to continue for most of the week, with humidex value of the upper 30s each afternoon until a cold front moves into the region on Friday.
In response to COVID-19, the city of Toronto has updated its Heat Relief Strategy for the 2020 hot weather season to ensure emergency heat relief opportunities are accessible to those in need.
The modification of city’s plan for heat relief this year includes the opening of a select number of emergency cooling centers for residents as a last resort in response to the closure of shopping malls and city-run pools that helped people stay cool in previous years.
Effective May 26 cooling centers were open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, and offer an air-conditioned space for people to rest and have a cool drink.
To to assist residents affected by the extreme heat, availability of trained staff ensures strict infection prevention and control measures are in place.
The locations offering cooling centers are Wallace Emerson Community Centre (1260 Dufferin St.); Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter St.), and Malvern Community Centre Arena (30 Sewells Rd.)