Environment Canada issues heat warning for Toronto through Saturday

Refill your water bottle and turn on the air conditioning because if you thought Thursday’s high of 31.3°C was high, it’s about to get a little higher.

Toronto is experiencing “hot and humid” conditions according to officials, expected to last through Saturday.

On Friday, July 22, Environment Canada issued a heat advisory for the city of Toronto due to high temperatures that “will reach 30 degrees today and Saturday.”

Environment Canada

Temperatures are expected to climb to 32C around 2pm on Friday, but could actually feel closer to 30C. Fortunately, it will be a bit cooler tonight as temperatures drop to around 22°C. And maybe pack an umbrella: There’s also a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Saturday is likely to be another scorching 33C, but it could feel closer to 40C.

“Heat advisories are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illness, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion,” the statement read.

However, things should start to cool down on Sunday, when we can expect a high of 25°C and a low of 19°C.

According to Environment Canada, the average at this time of year is 27°C. The highest recorded temperature on July 22 in Toronto was in 1955 when temperatures reached 35.6°; the lowest temperature recorded was in 1992 with 7.9 °C.

Heat advisories are in effect for other areas, including Pickering, Oshawa, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Brampton, Mississauga and Niagara.

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