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Toronto’s Air Quality Is Actually Considered Dangerous Today Because Of The Heat

You could get a cough and a sore throat.
Toronto Staff Writer
Toronto's Weather Forecast Will Be So Hot On Monday That It Will Cause Poor Air Quality

Grab some sunscreen and a bottle of water because Toronto is in for a sizzling Monday. With temperatures expected to feel like 35 C today, Environment Canada is warning residents to use caution when heading outdoors. In fact, Toronto's weather forecast will be so hot today that the quality of air could cause sore throats and coughing. 

If you were planning on heading outdoors, you might want to think about sitting in front of your AC instead. 

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the 6ix on Monday, cautioning residents of the continuing humidity. This sizzling heat has the chance to put the city’s air quality in the high-risk category.

“A warm and increasingly humid airmass will continue today. Borderline heat warning criteria is expected to be reached again. Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can cause the air quality health index to approach the high-risk category,” a statement from Environment Canada reads.

According to the Ontario website, when air quality becomes high-risk, residents are asked to limit and reschedule any outdoor activities that they may have planned. 

Some symptoms that residents may experience from the poor air quality include a sore throat or coughing. 

On top of this, Environment Canada warns that you should “watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and the worsening of some health conditions."

As if the sweltering heat wasn’t bad enough, southern Ontario is also at risk for isolated thunderstorms today.

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According to The Weather Network, the continuing heatwave has created an atmosphere that will put vast stretches of the province at risk for nasty weather on Monday.

Thunderstorms are expected to hit parts of London all the way to western Quebec, and some areas could even see hail. 

“The hot and sticky conditions have the potential to trigger convective thunderstorms. There is a significant amount of moisture available in the atmosphere, which means that heavy downpours could occur within thunderstorms,” the TWN noted.

Thankfully, it won’t be all bad news this week in terms of weather.

An approaching cold front is expected to cut through Ontario on Tuesday evening, which will “wipe out” the humidity and cool off temperatures.

However, the extreme heat and humidity will back in full force for Canada Day, so make sure to stock up on sunscreen.

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    Patrick John Gilson
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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