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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Special air quality warning in effect amid heat records and pollution

Despite record heat and pollution, a special air quality declaration is in force.

Key Takeaways:

  • Environment Canada has released a special air quality statement for Toronto and the rest of the GTA due to the hot and muggy weather conditions that lead to higher pollutant levels.
  • According to Environment Canada, individuals may report worsening coughing, sore throats, headaches, or shortness of breath.
  • Even if a modest dip in temperature is anticipated for Thursday, when a high of 28 is forecast, it will still be quite hot.

Due to the hot and muggy weather conditions that result in increased pollution levels, Environment Canada has emitted a special air quality statement for Toronto and the rest of the GTA.

The organization declared in a statement late Tuesday night that “high levels of air pollution had developed.”

The announcement reads, “Hot and sunny circumstances have led to growing ground-level ozone concentrations.”

The EPA warned that greater pollution levels may linger locally tonight and that “high risk” air quality health index values are predicted to last one to two hours.

The declaration, which concludes the first day of summer, is in force in several locations, including Toronto, York, Durham, Peel, Halton, Hamilton, and Niagara.

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Environment Canada says people may experience increased coughing, throat discomfort, headaches, or shortness of breath. Children, the elderly, and also people with lung or cardiovascular conditions, such as asthma, are particularly vulnerable.

Due to two days of extreme heat, the area is already under a heat warning.

Tuesday’s temperature in Toronto smashed a record that had stood for ten years, reaching 35.3 C at Toronto Pearson, breaking the previous mark for June 21 of 34.4 C in 2012.

Another oppressive day is predicted for Wednesday, with a high of 31 C; however, the humidex will make it feel closer to 39. Also anticipated is an “extreme” UV index of 11, or 11.

People are urged to stay hydrated, avoid intense outdoor work during the hottest portions of the day, and never leave pets or people inside parked automobiles.

On Thursday, the temperature is expected to drop slightly, but it will still be scorching with a predicted high of 28.

Source: CTV news

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