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Toronto's scorching summer

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

July 26, 2010 — After two wet and cool summers in a row, this season is proving to be a hot one in the city of Toronto -- and we're only half way through. The Weather Network's Kelly Noseworthy finds out how Torontonians are beating the heat.

Days of 30+ temperatures in Toronto
Days of 30+ temperatures in Toronto

It's the type of weather that most people in southern Ontario either love or hate. But for those who spent the winter months craving sunshine and sweltering humidity, this summer is shaping up to be exactly what they were hoping for.

“Well we've been waiting for it for years. For me I love the heat, I hate being cold I get very uncomfortable so I just take it all in,” says one Torontonian we caught up with. “I just have lots of water, stay in the shade for a couple of hours, but I don't mind the sun,” says another resident.

Already, the city of Toronto has had 11 days of temperatures 30°C or higher. That's without the humidity!

“The jet stream has been mainly north of the region, which has allowed for a southerly flow of warmer air from the Gulf of Mexico,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The result has been days of hot, muggy weather!”

It's quite a contrast to the type of weather Torontonians have been seeing over the last couple of summers. In 2009, the city only saw three days of temperatures over 30°C. There were ten in 2008, but that summer was also the city's wettest on record.

Temperatures have been soaring in Toronto this summer
Temperatures have been soaring in Toronto this summer

While conditions have improved this summer, it's not breaking any records just yet. Back in 2005, there were 42 days of temperatures 30°C or higher. The summer of 2002 was also a scorcher, with 40 days in the thirties.

Now, many people enjoy this kind of hot weather, but it can be very uncomfortable for others. In some cases, it can also be dangerous. For those affected by the heat, The Canadian Red Cross suggests staying out of the sun, avoiding strenuous physical activity and drinking plenty of water.

Here are a few more tips from Toronto's Medical Officer of Health on how to stay safe in the heat.

  • Turn on the air conditioning or keep the shades drawn but the windows slightly open.
  • Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and sugary drinks.
  • Never leave children alone in a parked car or asleep in direct sunlight.

For more details on what you can expect in southern Ontario this week, click our Ontario Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your local forecast comes up every ten minutes on the tens.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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