Heat alert issued for Toronto and southern Ontario ahead of ‘hot and sticky’ weekend

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Toronto and parts of southern Ontario can expect a “two-day heat event” this weekend, according to Environment Canada.

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public weather agency heat warning issued On Friday afternoons for areas including Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara and London.

Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell said temperatures in Toronto would reach above 30 degrees Celsius over the weekend, which could feel like summer with a rise in humidity above 40 degrees Celsius. He said that it may rain on Sunday and Monday in GTA.

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“(Toronto is) not going to experience record-breaking heat, but it will be hotter than usual,” Kimbell said.

“It’s worth paying attention to the very young and the very old and people with chronic diseases, as heat can be dangerous for those populations.”

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Southern Ontario has had warm and wet conditions for a week.

Environment Canada issued a warning of several severe thunderstorms in southern Ontario on Wednesday, as Toronto’s Humdex was hovering around the low 40s.

Kimbell said the heat and humidity will continue as it gets “quite hot and humid” over the weekend.

On Saturday, Toronto will see a “hot, sticky day” as temperatures reach above 30 degrees Celsius in humidity that can feel like summer above 40 degrees Celsius, Kimbell said.

According to Kimbell, temperatures are expected to reach 31 degrees Celsius on Saturday before cooling down to around 20 degrees Celsius at night.

“Night time will be pleasant for people who want to get out and move around, but it won’t be comfortable to sleep unless you have air conditioning,” he said.

With the possibility of rain, the temperature of the city will rise to 31 degree Celsius on Sunday. Chances of rain will continue till Monday.

When a cold front arrives on Monday, conditions will be a bit cold and dry.

“Relief comes on the first Tuesday, and dry weather will probably persist for most of the week,” Kimbell said.

Ontario residents are being asked to hydrate, take breaks, and check on family, friends and neighbors.

Isaac Phan Na is a breaking news reporter working out of Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: [email protected]

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