SCORCHING HEATWAVE GRIPS TORONTO AREA IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS

SCORCHING HEATWAVE GRIPS TORONTO AREA IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS

Toronto is still spinning from the heatwave.

Hot and humid conditions are expected to continue through Thursday, August 27. Residents will experience maximum temperatures: 30 to 33 degrees Celsius, with humidex values of 38 to 42, according to Meteorological Services of Canada,

Defining a heatwave helps cities know when and how to respond to deadly temperatures — issuing heat advisories, sharing tips for surviving the heat and opening cooling centres.

Extreme heat can be dangerous to health. Children, pregnant women, senior citizens, people with chronic illness and people working or exercising outdoors are at greater risk. It is crucial to monitor the effects that can trigger heat illnesses like dehydration, swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and worsening health conditions.

“What’s makes this one particularly torrid and sweltering and sizzling is the fact that we’ve been seeing four or five days of temperature going above a 30 with fairly decent humidex values,” says Environment Canada.

Residents looking to beat the heat can also visit the city’s splash pads operating daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Toronto also opened Saturday its supervised program at 10 of its beaches. Photo by Jarosław Kwoczała on Unsplash

Temperature is anticipated to cool down on Friday. Expect cloudy with showers in the daytime, 23 Degree Celsius high, Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph, chances of rain 60%. At early nighttime, there are foreseeable showers then scattered thunderstorms developing late.

Relief from the dry and hot conditions may be coming starting on Saturday, especially in the morning; there will be scattered thunderstorms, East wind at 10 to 15mph with 40% rain chances. Scattered showers and thunderstorms to continue on Sunday with 50% chances of rain, 28 degree Celsius High and 23 degree Celsius Low, Southern wind at 10-15mph.

Keep safe and stay indoors throughout the weekend due to impending thunderstorms with chances of rain until Monday morning.

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Report by Noemie Cruz