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Heat warning issued for Toronto on first weekend of fall

Toronto Star logo Toronto Star 2017-09-23 Brennan Doherty - Staff Reporter
The last time temperatures were this warm on Sept. 23 was in 1959 when the high hit 30.6 C. © Andrew Francis Wallace The last time temperatures were this warm on Sept. 23 was in 1959 when the high hit 30.6 C.

“Unseasonably warm” is putting it mildly.

Toronto’s medical officer of health has issued a heat warning in light of a weekend forecast typically reserved for the dog days of summer.

A statement from Environment Canada said that, with the humidity, Toronto temperatures will feel like it’s about 40 C this weekend.

Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist with the weather agency, told the Star the usual high at this time of year should be closer to 19 C.

Instead, it’ll be closer to 32 C — without humidity — on Saturday and Sunday, with mainly sunny skies and a UV index of 6. Even overnight lows — in the high teens — won’t bring much relief from the heat.

The muggy weather is getting close to breaking records for September daytime highs in the city. The last time temperatures were this warm on Sept. 23 was in 1959 when the high hit 30.6 C.

The city will be keeping the majority of its splash pads open over the weekend.

Even though it’s officially fall, it doesn’t look like Torotno residents will need a jacket and scarf anytime soon.

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