With the long weekend finally within reach, Torontonians can look forward to some scorching temperatures and little relief from the heat.

And with hot and humid temperatures expected for all of Friday, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the city.

The national weather agency says temperatures are expected to reach 31°C Friday, followed by an overnight minimum of 20°C. Though, slightly cooler temperatures are expected Saturday.

On Friday, a mix of sun and clouds is anticipated, with southern winds of up to 20 km/h expected later this afternoon. While a high of 31°C is excepted, temperatures will feel more like 33°C with the humidity.

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On Saturday, temperatures could reach 29°C, though there is a risk of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. By Sunday, temperatures will fall slightly to 23°C with a mix of sun and clouds expected. On holiday Monday, temperatures will be less intense with a high of just 18°C expected.

Environment Canada says these conditions pose a health risk when you are not used to the heat, especially older adults, infants and young children, and people with chronic illnesses.

With condo amenities and splash pads/pools still closed amid the pandemic, residents are encouraged to drink plenty of cool liquids and to keep cool by dressing for the weather and spending a few hours each day in a cool place.

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Additionally, the City announced it plans to open seven Emergency Cooling Centres whenever a heat alert is issued from May 15 to September 30. 

The Emergency Cooling Centres provide air-conditioned resting spaces to the public to relieve residents, including those who live in apartment buildings without air-conditioning.

Whatever you get up to this long weekend, make sure to prepare for the heat and stay cool when you can.