24 May

Beat The Holiday Heat

Posted in News, Promotional Products on 24.05.10 by John Meloche

Can you believe it? Earlier today, The City of Toronto actually issued a heat alert! As far as we are concerned here at Synergy, that in itself, is cause for celebration. Of course, today is Victoria Day. It's a day off work that most Canadians use to celebrate with beers and barebeques and staying out in the sun.

If you're in the Southern Ontario area, however, you may want to be sure to put on that sunscreen. Today, Don Peat of The Toronto Sun writes that with the humidity, Toronto feels like 32 degrees Celcius. Surely, this is welcome news to Torontonians who suffered through a chilly Victoria Day long weekend last year.

And while most love to bask in the sun, the heat and humidity could produce dangerous results. As Peat writes, today's heat alert was issued at 8 a.m. this morning by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto?s Medical Officer of Health. McKeown is urging people to keep a close eye on those who may be at a high risk of suffering heat-related illnesses today.

?Adults and seniors, people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, infants and young children and the homeless? are all at great risk, says the doctor. As a result, Toronto Public Health has issued a number of ways for citizens to ?Beat The Heat? on this holiday Monday.

One of the most obvious pieces of advice is to drink a lot of water and natural fruit juices. Keeping hydrated is of key importance, especially when the humidity is high. If the heat is getting to you, it is a good idea to spend time in an air conditioned environment.

Many Torontonians will use today to workout in the sun. Not only should sunscreen be applied, but the amount of time you spend in the sun should be limited. This is especially true between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today. As well, do not leave anyone unattended in a car, as we all know that they turn into baking ovens when the sun is out and the heat is high!

Peat advises that ?during a heat alert those who need help or have heat-related inquiries may call the Canadian Red Cross heat information line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.? This service, of course, is not just available for today's holiday. Temperatures, in fact, are supposed to remain high for the better part of this week in Toronto.

Tomorrow actually, may feel like 34C with the humidity in the city. Wednesday is also expected to be hot and sunny with the thermometer hitting the 30C mark, although it will likely feel closer to 36C.

So enjoy the sun and heat! But be smart and be careful. That way, you will truly be able to enjoy the holiday.

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