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04 July 2018, 05:30 | Ross Houston
Extreme heat warnings have been issued across southwestern Ontario
The extreme heat event will continue through Thursday. Mayor Valérie Plante urged people to check on vulnerable neighbours, including seniors. Toronto is also providing transit tokens for people experiencing homelessness to get to cool places. The previous record was 35. The highest July 1 temperature recorded in Ottawa between 1939 and 2011 was 36.9 C in 1963.
The city has also extended hours at eight outdoor pools during the heat wave.
He says the new system is more accurate. Before that, it was 2001.
But relief is coming, however slowly.
However, daytime highs are still expected to be in the low 30s, with humidex values possibly reaching the low 40s.
University of Waterloo climate scientist Blair Feltmate says the heat wave can't be directly attributed to climate change, but that suggesting the two aren't linked would be like arguing that no particular home run can be attributed to steroids when a baseball player on a hitting streak is caught doping.
Last Thursday, the agency issued a heat warning for the Canada Day long weekend, calling the upcoming heat wave "the most significant heat event" Ontario has experienced in the last few years.
Drouin says the victims fit the profile of people authorities describe as at risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, people who live alone and people without air conditioning at home.
To prevent heat stress during a heat alert, Dr. Strang suggests to stay in a shaded, cool or air-conditioned area, drink plenty of water, wear light-coloured clothing and to not leave anyone or any animal unattended in vehicles.
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