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Toronto could see record-breaking temperatures Wednesday

Toronto Star logo Toronto Star 2018-09-05 Premila D’Sa - Staff Reporter
a man riding a bike on a city street: Toronto could face record-breaking temperatures Wednesday. The best thing to do is find an air-conditioned spot and stay there. © Bernard Weil Toronto could face record-breaking temperatures Wednesday. The best thing to do is find an air-conditioned spot and stay there.

The city is set for a muggy, hot day with temperatures forecasted to hit a record-breaking high of 32 C.

“It’s going to be very gross out today,” said meteorologist Mark Schuster from Environment Canada. The agency is also forecasting intense humidity and high UV values. The record set in 1945 was 31.7 C.

There will be some relief in the night — Schuster said the city is set for a cold front in the night which will bring rain that will cool down the temperature to 19 C.

But don’t expect any relief during the day.

Schuster advises that Torontonians stay in air-conditioned areas if they can and drink lots of liquids. He said if people have to go out, it’s best to avoid the outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

But Torontonians don’t have to fret about extreme heat for the rest of the week. Schuster said while today is especially hot, temperatures are actually going to dip below seasonal averages in the next few days. Environment Canada is predicting a high of only 15 C on Sunday.

While it’s going to cool down, summer isn’t over yet, Schuster said. Torontonians can expect a couple of more weeks of temperatures in the mid-20s. A normal high this time of year is around 23 degrees.

While it’s going to be extremely hot today, the agency will not be issuing a heat warning. Warnings are issued when temperatures hit extreme highs on consecutive days, Schuster said.

Premila D’Sa is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @premila_dsa

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