York Region braces for scorching heat for Canada Day weekend

Katie Ramirez
June 29, 2018

Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell, says lakes and rivers in the area are still chilly, but that won't matter with the extremely hot and humid forecast.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Simcoe County in anticipation of temperatures soaring to above 30 degrees on the weekend, and feeling like the mid-40s with the humidex. "Heat warnings may thus be required as the weekend draws nearer".

Ottawa and eastern Ontario could receive 20-to-40 mm of rain today and tonight as heavy thunderstorms rumble through the region.

According to the heat warning issued at 3:36 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 and updated at 5:08 a.m. on Friday, June 29, for North Bay areas, beginning today and extending through the weekend, southwest winds will bring hot and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 36C on Sunday.

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While public activities set for Canada Day are scheduled to proceed as planned, the city says residents should plan to attend the festivities during cooler parts of the day.

The department warns extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.

The heat wave will last into next week.

Public Health is urging people to drink plenty of fluids, limit or avoid direct exposure to the sun and wear a sunscreen with SPF30 or higher.

Environment Canada says it's not clear when there will be relief from the heat, and it will likely persist into next week.

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