Currently in Toronto — May 10th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Sunny and warm!

The dry streak continues! Tuesday will bring our 6th consecutive dry day (with more of those on the way). A large dome of high pressure continues to dominate the region, extending all along the eastern seaboard and that will not only bring sunshine, but also enhance a warm southerly flow over the next few days. On the flip side, very cool air is sitting in Western Canada. Calgary will struggle at 7°C degrees today. Your Tuesday morning wake up temperature will be near 8°C under sunny skies. Those bright skies will continue through the day, with a high of 18°C and the UV index will be 8 or very high.

Tuesday Night: Mainly clear with a low of 8°C

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Currently published a piece today by Editor-in-Chief, Abbie Veitch, on the importance of language-inclusive weather information. Veitch spoke to meteorologist Joseph Trujillo Falcón on the challenges of getting severe weather alerts out to diverse, multilingual communities.

“Weather alerts that describe potential impacts prompt communities to take proactive safety measures,” Veitch writes. “Trujillo Falcón said that in order for populations to be informed, weather warnings need to be consistent, specific, certain, clear, and accurate.”

“If even one of those components is missing, it could really get in the way of somebody making a protective action during an extreme weather event,” said Trujillo Falcón. “For Spanish-speaking communities, a big problem there is that we’re not even receiving information in the dominant language that someone speaks.”

Veitch notes that of the 18 people who died in New York City during Hurricane Ida, “the majority of the victims were of Asian descent and many did not speak or had limited proficiency in English and Spanish, the two languages that the National Weather Service issued emergency alerts in. Such data reinforces the importance of making weather information accessible for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origins, or language.”

Click here to read the full piece.