Here’s how to stay cool in Toronto when it’s hot outside

If your air conditioning unit is broken (or if you don’t have air conditioning at all), trying to stay cool when it’s boiling outside in Toronto can be a tricky situation.

Finding the right place to cool off is important when trying to beat the heat, and in fact, the City has provided a list of resources on where to go and what to do when the temperatures are really hot.

For those times when your home has become a literal humidifier of your own sweat and you’re looking to escape to an air-conditioning-infused oasis, the city has mapped out all the places that offer relief from the heat. From swimming pools and libraries to community centers and shopping malls, there are over 200 spots in Toronto available to you during these sweltering temperatures.

Whenever Environment Canada issues a heat alert for Toronto, the City will open emergency cooling centers across the city to relieve the sweltering temperatures and scorching sun. Most are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the Metro Hall center is the only cooling center that operates 24 hours a day.

If you’re looking for ways to cool off in the comfort of your own home, here are some simple tips and tricks. Try to block out the sun from your windows as much as possible and avoid cooking anything in your oven, especially when you don’t have air conditioning handy.

Buy a fan and be strategic: the City recommends placing a fan near or in a window so that it can bring cooler breezes inside. Toronto reminds people that fans don’t make the air colder for you, they just circulate the air. So if the temperature in your home is 34 degrees or higher, avoid using them as the City says it will create a “convection oven” effect.

It’s possible to get sick when it’s so hot outside, and some heat-related illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, muscle cramps, and fainting. The CDC has a few tips for preventing this from happening, the key points being to stay hydrated, stay informed, and stay cool.

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