As the mercury soars into the low 30's, with the humidity set to make it feel like the low 40's, the City of Toronto is urging residents to take it easy.
The city's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeowan, has now upgraded Toronto to an extreme heat alert, to be in effect until further notice.
During an Extreme 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.
In addition to using air conditioned shopping malls, local libraries and neighbourhood community centres as places to cool off, cooling centres are open during Extreme Heat Alerts for those in need at the following locations:
• Metro Hall - 55 John St. (24 hours)
• East York Civic Centre - 850 Coxwell Ave. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• North York Civic Centre - 5100 Yonge St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Driftwood Community Centre - 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Etobicoke Olympium - 590 Rathburn Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• McGregor Community Centre - 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Centennial Park Community Centre - 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).