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‘Dangerously hot and humid’ weather to hit southern Ontario, Quebec

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Millions of Canadians in path of ‘incredibly serious’ heat dome
WATCH: Millions of people in the Maritimes, Quebec, and Ontario are set to be caught under a stifling heat dome, which is expected to linger for days. Eric Sorensen looks at the dangers of a heat dome, how people are preparing for the abnormally high temperatures, and who could be the most at risk – Jun 17, 2024

A large swath of Ontario as well as parts of Quebec are under a heat warning as “dangerously hot and humid” weather conditions are expected for most of the week, Environment Canada said.

“A prolonged heat event will begin today,” Environment Canada said in a special weather alert posted just before 6 a.m. Monday.

The multi-day heat event is expected to last until Thursday or Friday, the weather agency said. The warning in Ontario extends from Windsor across the Greater Toronto Area to Ottawa and north to Moosonee. It also includes parts of Quebec such as Montreal and Quebec City.

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Montrealers brace for a week of dangerously hot weather

Environment Canada said daytime highs are expected to hit between 30 C and 35 C with humidex values of 40 to 45.

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There will be “little relief” through the overnight as lows are expected to be 20 C to 23 C with humidex values of 26 to 30. Temperatures and humidex values could be several degrees cooler near the Great Lakes, the weather agency said.

New Brunswick is also expected to brace the heat wave starting on Tuesday. The heat is projected to rise throughout Wednesday and Thursday, with conditions forecast to reach between 30 C and 33 C, and potentially feeling like 40 C due to the humidity on both days.

Global News Meteorologist Anthony Farnell said the centre of the heat dome is sitting over the northeast U.S.

“It has been a very hot and humid spring in Mexico and across the southern U.S. and those anomalies are now moving north,” Farnell said.

“Kids are also still in school and some city pools and facilities are not even up and running yet so the timing of this heat makes it more dangerous than a similar stretch in July or August,” he added.

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Farnell said this heat dome is “setting up a similar latitude and time of year to the record-smashing B.C. heat dome of June and July 2021.” That was the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada and the wildfires that followed, he said.

However, Farnell said the setup this week in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes will “fall short” of what occurred in B.C. three years ago but that it does “join a troubling trend of longer duration and more extreme heat events made worse by climate change.”

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He said there might be some relief this week from isolated afternoon or evening thunderstorms that form around the edge of the heat dome.

“This would temporarily lower temperatures, but also add humidity to the already tropical airmass in place,” Farnell said.

He noted that more significant relief will come over the weekend as the heat dome weakens and a stronger cold front moves through the Great Lakes all the way to the Maritimes.

“Thunderstorms are likely along with lower temperatures and humidity,” he said.

‘A very hot summer’

Farnell said he is predicting a “very hot summer” across most of Canada and the northern U.S.

“One thing is certain, this will not be the last heat dome of the summer,” he said.

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Environment Canada also said in its alert that the heat wave could also bring deteriorating air quality and could result in the Air Quality Index reaching the high risk range.

The weather agency advised looking out for signs of heat illness such as swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Those more at-risk are older adults, infants and young children, pregnant people, people with physical and/or mental illnesses, and people with disabilities or mobility issues. Environment Canada warns you should never leave people, particularly children or pets, inside a parked vehicle.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service in Ontario said officers have had to rescue at least 10 animals from hot vehicles so far in the month of June.

The local police service said residents should not leave pets inside of cars ahead of the forecasted heat wave. Last week, Waterloo police said a kitten had to be rescued after it had been left alone inside a hot car at high noon.

In Toronto, the hot weather also led to extended pool opening hours.

The city said Monday evening some pools would stay open as late as 11:45 p.m. during the week in light of the hot weather.

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‘Dangerously hot and humid’ weather to hit southern Ontario, Quebec

The following pools will stay open until 9 p.m.:

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– Heron Park Community Centre
– Kiwanis Outdoor Pool
– Pine Point Park Outdoor Pool
– Riverdale Park East
– West Mall Outdoor Pool

Other pools will be open until 10 p.m. Monday and 11:45 p.m. between Tuesday and Thursday:

– Alex Duff Memorial Pool
– McGregor Park
– North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
– Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool
– Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

 

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