July 20, 2019 3:41 pm
Updated: July 20, 2019 7:11 pm

‘Heat dome’ brings intense heat to eastern Canada, United States

WATCH: There is stifling a heat wave sweeping across Canada and the U.S. Some residents are feeling temperatures climb into the 40's. As Mike Drolet reports, it could get even hotter.

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It was a scorcher in the eastern half of the country Saturday as temperatures across Eastern Ontario, southern Quebec and much of the Maritimes hit the high 30s/low 40s with humidity. Parts of the northeastern United States were also affected.

The nation’s capital alone hit 46 C with the humidity thanks to what meteorologists are calling a “heat dome.”

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“Hot temperatures and high humidity levels are building across the central U.S. and this air mass will quickly expand north and east by Friday under a developing heat ridge or heat dome,” Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell said.

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Environment Canada issued a heat warning on Thursday for much of the affected areas.

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Here’s a breakdown of how high the mercury got in the eastern part of the continent as of 3 p.m. Saturday.

Ontario

  • Windsor: 32 C, feels like 42 C with the humidity.
  • London: 31 C, feels like 39 C.
  • Hamilton: 31 C, feels like 43 C.
  • Toronto: 32 C, feels like 44 C.
  • Kingston: 30 C, feels like 44 C.
  • Ottawa: 34 C, feels like 46 C.

Quebec

  • Maniwaki: 30 C, feels like 37 C.
  • Montreal: 31 C, feels like 41 C.
  • Quebec City: 30 C, feels like 39 C.

The Maritimes

  • Fredericton: 31 C, feels like 39 C.
  • Halifax: 31 C, feels like 39 C.

The United States

  • New York City, N.Y.: 34 C, feels like 38 C.
  • Boston, Mass.: 34 C, feels like 40 C.
  • Portland, Maine: 32 C, feels like 36 C.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.: 36 C, feels like 41 C.
  • Chicago, Ill.: 35 C, feels like 43 C.
  • Detroit, Mich.: 34 C, feels like 39 C.

A cold front forecast for Sunday should push the heat back down south and bring cooler temperatures.

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