Toronto sets new record as temperatures soar around Ontario first fall weekend
Chris Fox and Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
Published Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:24AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:51PM EDT
Toronto set a new temperature record Saturday as the first weekend of fall turned out to be one of the hottest this year.
A temperature of 30.6 C was recorded in the city Saturday, beating the previous record of 29.2 set back in 1931.
Pearson International Airport saw a high of 33.1 C Saturday, breaking the previous record of 30.6 C for this day set back in 1959.
Other records – many more than 50 or 60 years old – were broken in other local areas around the province. Those areas included Windsor, Sarnia, London, Hamilton, Waterloo, Ottawa and Sudbury.
The city’s medical officer of health previously issued a heat warning ahead of what it is expected to be the hottest weekend of the year.
Environment Canada was predicting highs of 32 C for Saturday and 33 C on Sunday but the weather agency says that it could feel even warmer with humidex values making the temperature seem closer to 40.
The scorcher of a weekend will likely become the hottest one so far this year despite coming on the first official weekend of fall, surpassing the June 10 and 11th weekend when the mercury hit 30 C and 32 C.
“During a heat warning, members of the public are encouraged to visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids,” Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said in a press release issued on Saturday morning.
This is only the fourth heat warning issued by the city so far in 2017 with the last one coming on June 17.
In 2016, the city issued 14 heat warnings.
The heat warning issued by the medical officer of health is in addition to a heat warning issued by Environment Canada on Friday. Both warnings are in effect until further notice.