The sweltering weather continues Saturday with several parts of Canada under heat warnings.
The Greater Toronto Area will have daytime highs of 34 C, though it will feel more like 44 with the humidex — and the evening might not bring much relief. The overnight low will hover around 22, but it will still feel like over 30 throughout the night.
It should cool down the GTA on Sunday, Environment Canada says, as humidity drops and temperatures fall into the mid to high 20s.
There’s hot and humid weather in several parts of Ontario, southern Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the agency warns.
Southern Quebec and Ontario have temperatures in the 30s, with humidex values reaching the upper 40s farther south.
As of 2 p.m. Ottawa was “winning” the heat contest in Ontario with a humidex of 46, said meteorologist Sherry Williams.
But Ontario temperatures could still climb another few degrees by the end of the day, she said.
“I don’t think these are record-breaking temps, but they’re pretty close,” said Williams. “And it’s very widespread.”
There could also be severe thunderstorm in southwestern Ontario, she said, and scattered storms in the GTA and Ottawa later in the day.
The huge blob of hot air that has blanketed several regions is known as a “heat dome.” The heat was also strong on Friday, with the humidex as high as 42 in Toronto and reaching 47 in Sarnia.
Parts of northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories are also under heat warnings, with temperatures reaching 30 C.
Heat warnings different across country
The threshold for heat warnings changes in different parts of the country, said Williams.
Warnings are based on typical temperatures in each region and people’s tolerance for hot weather, she said.
“Someone up in Timmins wouldn’t be as used to the heat as someone in Windsor,” Williams added.
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It’s been a hot couple of days for parts of Canada.
“When you go outside, you feel like you’re in the water because it is so humid,” said meteorologist Julie Deshaies, speaking to CBC Montreal earlier in the week.
Environment Canada is reminding people to check in on loved ones, drink plenty of water and never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle.
The Ontario SPCA called on pet owners to take extra precautions over the next several days to keep their pets cool and safe.
The massive heat wave has also enveloped the U.S. Midwest and has pushed into the Northeast, ushering in temperatures that could top 38 in Washington and prompting utilities to take steps to prevent power outages.