It is summer in Toronto, and you know what that means? Temperatures of 25-30 degrees that feel like 40 C; our friend, the heatwave is back. Though, now, you can go for a late-night swim to cool down from the heatwave.
With Toronto breaking a 168-year-old weather record amid the heatwave, it only makes sense that the city opens some pools to help us beat it.
Nothing is more peaceful than soaking up the moon’s glow in a body of water smackdown in Toronto. So if you are a water sign like myself, this news should make you shake your fin.
Yesterday, on the 19th, the City of Toronto made it official that hiding in the water like a mermaid, diving in the deep end, or just basking in the mid summers night while in a pool will be possible with select swimming pools being open till just about 12 am.
The select swimming pools across Toronto that will be open until 11:45 p.m. will be:
Alex Duff (779 Crawford St.)
Giovanni Caboto (1369 St. Clair Ave. West)
McGregor Park (2231 Lawrence Ave. East)
Monarch Park (115 Felstead Ave.)
Parkway Forest (55 Forest Manor Rd.)
Smithfield Park (175 Mount Olive Dr.)
Sunnyside /Gus Ryder (1755 Lake Shore Blvd. West)
Leisure swim and water play activities are free for all ages.
There is also several public pools that offer Aquafit exercise classes as well as designated hours for lane swimming to get your daily butterfly strokes in.
A complete list of City-run pools, their operating hours, and programs can be found here.
A 168-year-old weather record was broken on Tuesday.
On Tuesday the 19th, Toronto’s scorching weather conditions were the hottest on record Since 1854 in the region, with thermometers climbing to a high of 35.2 C just around 5 p.m. Back then, over 100 years ago, long before Drake, the record was only slightly warmer at 36.1 C.
Toronto will continue through this heatwave battle as, according to EnviroCan, we should anticipate more heat warnings.
Senior Climatologist for Environment Canada Dave Phillips agrees and says more heat waves are expected this summer.
“And this is the kind of pattern character of the summer we see going forward. All our models, the American models, are saying, hey, it looks like the end of July and August will be warmer than the first half,” he told CP24 yesterday.
RIP to the future melted ice cream.