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No rain relief for southern Ontario heat


The continuing spell of warm, dry weather is taking its toll on lawns, gardens and golf courses in southern Ontario
The continuing spell of warm, dry weather is taking its toll on lawns, gardens and golf courses in southern Ontario

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

July 15, 2011 — The heat continues to hang on in southern Ontario, with little chance of moisture in the forecast until after the weekend.

Ontario's hotspots on Tuesday
Ontario's hotspots on Tuesday

Toronto was the hottest spot in Canada two days in row, reaching steamy highs of 33.5C on Monday and 33.1C on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the city has seen just 4 mm of rain so far this month. The last time the city saw more than 10 mm of rain was June 24th.

A ridge in the jet stream has been allowing warm air to flow up from the south, while a large area of high pressure has been keeping things dry across the region, explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The lack of rain is taking its toll on farm fields as well as lawns -- including golf courses.

Brian Brooker, greenskeeper at Hornby Glen Golf Course in Hornby, Ont. says the weather seems to be conspiring to make his job as difficult as possible this year.

First, the wet spring caused the course to flood.

It was tough to recover, Brooker says. A lot of the seed would just wash away when we'd try and repair it. Some areas we reseeded five times before we got it covered.

The damp start means the grass is now unable to cope with the dry spell.

Going from wet to dry, you get a shallow root system, Brooker explains. (The grass) is not holding the water.

U2 fans line the streets in Toronto despite the heat
U2 fans line the streets in Toronto despite the heat

Some people are enjoying the long stretch of summery weather. The heat didn't smother the spirits of eager U2 fans who lined up outside the Rogers Centre before Monday's general-admission concert.

We got some water and Gatorade. We brought umbrellas to keep us in the shade, we have our little hand fan. We've done this a few times, said one fan when asked how they prepared for the long wait.

We're prepared, lots of water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, said another person in line trying to stay cool.

The city got a brief break from the humidity on Wednesday after a cold front slid through. The high was a seasonal 26.4C.

However, the humidity will creep back up by Saturday -- and the dry trend is expected to persist throughout the weekend.

For a closer look at the weather in your area, you can check the Ontario Cities Index for up-to-date details.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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