Extreme heat to stick around GTA for most of the week

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"We are looking at temperatures 30 or above all the way until Friday".

Environment Canada warns that extreme heat affects everyone.

At least eight people in the US and Canada have died in the past week due to the intense heat wave affecting parts of North America.

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The national forecaster says temperatures could reach the mid-30s with humidex values into the mid-40s, while some areas could see severe thunderstorms.

An extended heat warning issued by the city's medical officer of health on Sunday remains in effect.

Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low twenties, except high teens in some rural areas, providing little or no relief from the heat. Cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front. The city has extended its pool hours and opened its seven cooling centres, which provide air-conditioned spaces and cold drinks.

Dr. Melissa Genereux, head of public health in the Eastern Townships, told a news conference Wednesday the victims are all adults - either seniors or people suffering from chronic illness. Toronto is also providing transit tokens for people experiencing homelessness to get to cool places.

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"There are still two days left of particularly hot weather with particularly high humidex levels", Genereux said.

"We go out to the paramedics, we go out to the hospitals and we ask them to make sure to identify any deaths they believe are related to heat and that allows us to intervene more quickly", Kaiser said.

Even those not specifically at risk are encouraged to stay inside or in the shade, and to limit outdoor activity in the heat.

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