Heat warning still in effect but the end is in sight

Greg Lawrence
July 5, 2018

Tuesday's forecast is for sunshine, a high of 32 C - Monday was 36 C - with a humidex of 36, a UV index of 9 or very high and a low of 20 C.

Authorities say 11 people have died due to a spike in temperatures that began in Montreal on Saturday.

Sudbury has been under a heat warning since Friday.

Environment Canada warns that extreme heat affects everyone.

As Glenn Frey once sang, the heat is on - and will stay on for Windsor-Essex until at least Thursday, according to Environment Canada.

Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province´s capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

"After a couple of days of being hot and living in a place that has no air conditioning, the heat just overwhelms the body's capacity to adapt".

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The national forecaster says temperatures could reach the mid-30s with humidex values into the mid-40s, while some areas could see severe thunderstorms.

While coastal areas can expect cooler conditions, overnight lows will struggle to fall between 18 or 19 C degrees.

The good news is that "a cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front".

In response to the extended heat warning, the city has opened a number of cooling centres around Toronto.

University of Waterloo climate scientist Blair Feltmate says the heat wave can't be directly attributed to climate change, but that suggesting the two aren't linked would be like arguing that no particular home run can be attributed to steroids when a baseball player on a hitting streak is caught doping.

"It's tragic, but whenever there are heat waves like this, and we will have more heat than before because of changes to the climate, the people who are weakened and vulnerable are the most affected", he said.

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