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Hot, humid weather to continue through the week

Hot, humid weather to continue through the week

The good news is that "a cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front".

Canada Day was supposed to start out sunny in the morning, turning to a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon, with a 30 per cent chance of showers.

The adopted criteria includes a daytime temperature of 29 degrees Celsius or higher and nighttime temperature of 16 degrees or higher or a humidex of 36 degrees Celsius or higher.

The overnight lows are expected to be in the low 20s but with the humidity sticking around, there won't be much relief from the heat. "You can maybe turn off your air conditioner and enjoy a few days before the heat builds back up next week".

As a result of the special weather statement, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has also issued a warning for high heat or humidity. Daytime temperatures will again be near 30 degrees, with humidex values in the mid 30s.




In the meantime, Wednesday is stickier with a high of 34 C and humidex of 40 with an overnight low of 21 C.

"This will likely be the most significant heat event of the season thus far", said meteorologist Jill Maetea, who is based in Fredericton, N.B.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle. "The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors", Environment Canada states.

It says people can find respite from the heat in seven cooling stations across the city with temperatures expected to reach the mid-30s.