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As hot as Bangkok: Heat warning issued for southern Ontario

People enjoy the hot weather at Coronation Park, near Lake Shore Boulevard, in Toronto, Monday, June 20, 2016.
People enjoy the hot weather at Coronation Park, near Lake Shore Boulevard, in Toronto, Monday, June 20, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima

A heat warning has been issued for Toronto and all of southern Ontario with temperatures expected to feel as hot as 40 C with the humidity, comparable to some of the hottest places on earth.

Environment Canada issued the alert Monday afternoon and said muggy, hot and humid weather will hit the region Tuesday with temperatures expected to remain around 32 C until Thursday.

In comparison, Bangkok, Thailand is expected to reach 32 C Tuesday, Kabul, Afghanistan 36 C and Las Vegas, Nevada 41 C.

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Nighttime lows will only dip down to between 19 and 21 C, offering little relief from the sweltering temperatures.

But fear not, rain showers and possibly even thunderstorms may provide some solace from the sun, with cooler weather expected to move back in to the region Friday.

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Environment Canada is urging southern Ontario residents to frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those with chronic illnesses, to make sure they’re keeping cool and hydrated.

Officials also warned about leaving people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight during higher than normal temperatures, which can pose an increased risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.