Environment Canada issues air quality statement for Mississauga and Brampton

James Marshall
May 28, 2018

The first heat event of the season has prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement for most of southern Ontario.

A warm and humid airmass is expected to move into Toronto and the GTA on Monday, pushing the daily maximum temperature into the low 30s.

The statement covers an area stretching from Oshawa to Windsor and includes Toronto and surrounding areas.

Moderate risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values are expected throughout today with the potential of high risk AQHI values this afternoon in southwestern Ontario, and possibly Monday afternoon in extreme southwestern Ontario too.

People are being advised to drink lots of cool liquids to stay hydrated, to dress appropriately for the weather and to try and stay in cool places for at least several hours of the day. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular issues are especially at risk.

Environment Canada says air pollution could cause individuals to feel increased shortening of breath, light-headedness, throat irritation, headaches and experience coughing as a result.

The heat and the possibility of air pollution doesn't mean you can't go outside, but if you begin to experience any negative symptoms, health officials advise rescheduling strenuous outdoor plans and staying inside.

Sunshine and high of 31 C is on tap for Monday and a high of 29 C is forecast for Tuesday.

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