TORONTO,ON., May 25, 2020 — Today, Toronto has been issued its first heat warning of the season effective from today through Wednesday, according to Environment Canada. Also, a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville and Burlington for Monday afternoon into the evening.
At 6:07 P.M. Environment Canada meteorologists said they are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms over Oakville and moving eastward along the Lake Ontario shoreline. These storms are capable of producing strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain. Thunderstorms may locally give 50 millimetres of rain within an hour this evening.
Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.
In terms of the heat warning for Toronto and surrounding area, Environment Canada says that high daytime temperatures are expected to be near 30 celsius this afternoon and temperatures are forecast to be slightly higher Tuesday and Wednesday. Humidex values in the mid to upper thirties are also expected. There may be some relief near the lake shores.
Beginning Tuesday morning, the City of Toronto says that it will provide six cooling centre locations that are publicly accessible and air-conditioned for those that need it. Cool drinks will also be made available.
Here are the six Toronto Cooling Centres that will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Tuesday:
• Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
• Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
• Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd.
• Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
• Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
• Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.
“Extreme heat affects everyone,” says Envirnonment Canada. “The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.”
Residents are advised to drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.
Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.