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Hot enough to fry an egg in parts of southern Ontario Tuesday

Staff writers
July 18, 2012 — Parts of southern Ontario sweltered through a day of heat alerts, humidex advisories and record temperatures Tuesday. It was even hot enough to fry an egg outdoors.

Records broken on Tuesday
Records broken on Tuesday

Tuesday was another hot and record breaking day across parts of southern Ontario.

Several records were smashed throughout the region, including in the City of Toronto, where the mercury rose to 36.8 degrees. That not only broke the previous daily temperature record of 35.2, it also made it the hottest day in Toronto so far this year.

A new page was written in the record books for places like Hamilton, Windsor and London as well.

The high heat and humidity prompted Environment Canada to issue a humidex advisory for most of the region and an extreme heat alert was also in place in Toronto.

Some residents enjoyed the heat with lots of water and trips to get ice cream, while others found it a bit too much to handle.

"It's a little rough, it's a little humid and it's kind of sticky...Very hot and very humid," said one person we caught up with in Niagara Falls on Tuesday.

Karin in Ajax fried this egg on top of her van roof
Karin in Ajax fried this egg on top of her van roof

Thankfully for some, the scorching heat will ease, says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"Temperatures started to drop during the overnight hours as a cold front moved through the region," she explains, adding that the front also brought a round of intense storms to both Ontario and Quebec. 

This summer has seen record-setting temperatures in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, along with far less rain than normal in many areas. It's a situation that's had an impact on farmers and gardeners while prompting widespread fire and water bans.

On Tuesday evening, the Muskoka fire department declared a fire ban for the District of Muskoka, meaning that no open air burning, fires for cooking or fireworks are permitted until there is sufficient rain fall.

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