Toronto extends pool hours as hot, humid weather hits city

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A child swims at Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool in North York on Jun. 30, 2022. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
A child swims at Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool in North York on Jun. 30, 2022. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

The City of Toronto has extended the hours at seven outdoor pools until almost midnight to help people cool off amid Tuesday's scorching weather.

Toronto is now under a heat warning with hot and humid conditions expected in the city on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The city said in a news release its staff will continue to monitor the forecast and that the extended hours could continue. You can find a full list of the pools at the bottom of this story.

Environment Canada says in Monday's heat warning that daytime high temperatures will likely come close to 31 C in the next two days while the humidex values will make it feel it's in the upper 30s.

Overnight on Tuesday, the low will be near 20 C but the federal weather agency says the cooler temperature will provide little relief from the heat.

More of a break from the sweltering weather is expected on Thursday when the forecast calls for slightly cooler temperatures, Environment Canada said.

According to the agency, hot and humid air means air quality can deteriorate and can push the air quality health index into the high risk category.

Toronto residents are urged to keep an eye out for the effects of heat illness. These effects include swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Other symptoms include dizziness, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

Environment Canada recommends that residents find a cool place when the mercury rises. Such places could include an area shaded by trees, a swimming pool, a shower or bath, or air conditioned spots in public buildings.

The agency says residents should never leave anyone or pets inside a parked vehicle.

"Keep your house cool. Block the sun by closing curtains or blinds," Environment Canada says.

The following pools will be open until 11:45 p.m. Tuesday:

  • Alex Duff Memorial Outdoor Pool, 779 Crawford St.

  • Giovanni Caboto Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.

  • McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.

  • Monarch Park Outdoor Pool, 115 Felstead Ave.

  • Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool, 55 Forest Manor Rd.

  • Smithfield Park Outdoor Pool, 175 Mount Olive Dr.

  • Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

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