Extreme Heat & Increased Risks
September 6, 2018
Yesterday, Toronto saw temperatures reach a sweltering 34°C (40 with the humidex), marking the hottest September 5th since 1945.
With reduced access to air conditioned spaces, homeless Torontonians may suffer from dehydration, painful cramps, fatigue, and even heat stroke which can be life-threatening if not treated.
High temperatures and humid conditions can exacerbate existing medical conditions such as heart disease, COPD, or diabetes.
Other concerns may be less obvious: disrupted sleep; inability to keep food & drinks cool; carrying around belongings & wearing multiple layers of clothing because you lack a place to store belongings.
Here, Street Health Nurse Anahita Sebti speaks with a crew from The Weather Network about the increased risks extreme heat poses for people who are homeless.