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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Toronto experiences record breaking temperatures: 49° Celsius with humidex (plus video)

A child cools down in the water
The heat wave that has engulfed Eastern and Central Ontario over the last few days has reached 39° Celsius today in Toronto, with a humidex reading of 49°.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather alert for the region on Thursday, warning residents that a “sultry tropical air mass” will make its way across all of southern Ontario.

Torontonians will do anything to alleviate the heat
The City has opened a series of “cooling centers” so that Torontonians can come in and relax while swimming pools have extended their hours until midnight. The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) has instructed train and streetcar operators to drive slowly since the rails have expanded due to the extreme heat. 

The forecast for the coming days predicts more of the same, above normal temperatures from Alberta through to Prince Edward Island. Toronto will only cool down with some rain on Sunday evening.

Fresh water feels like a blessing
Environment Canada Special Advisory

Extreme temperatures and humidex values will continue this evening. The humid tropical air mass has arrived as expected. The strong July sun has caused the mercury to soar well into the middle and upper thirties. Combining the record setting temperatures with the high humidity in this tropical air mass has resulted in oppressive humidex values in the low to mid forties across all of Southern Ontario. The situation will continue into this evening. Current indications suggest that a weak front will slip through tonight. However in the wake of the front it will continue to be hot on Friday with temperatures in the low to mid thirties but somewhat less humid. Well above normal temperatures will continue into the weekend for most of Southern Ontario with temperatures reaching the low thirties again on Saturday. It will be the combination of the duration of the high heat along with warm overnight conditions which makes this heat event particularly significant. During times of high heat and humidity, it is critical to stay properly hydrated by drinking Plenty of fluid like water or juice. Strenuous outdoor activities should be scheduled during the early morning or evening hours. Wear loose fitting, light weight clothing and spend as much time as possible in air conditioned places. Stay out of the sun and never leave elderly, children or pets unattended in a car.

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