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People cool down in the water sprinklers at Dundas Square as they take in the extreme heat in Toronto on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Environment Canada has issues a heat alert for the next few day in Southern Ontario and Toronto

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

The City of Toronto has issued an extreme heat alert.

The city has opened a number of cooling centres to help people escape the scorching heat.

Officials are advising the public to stay in air conditioned places such as shopping malls, local libraries and neighbourhood community centres.

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They say locals should make sure friends, family and neighbours are keeping cool and comfortable while the mercury rises.

The extreme heat alert will be in effect until further notice.

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