Currently in Toronto — August 19th, 2022

Variable skies and hot!

The weather, currently.

A hot close to the week! Friday morning will be bright with a wake-up temperature near 18°C. The pesky low that has been parked south of the lower lakes for the last few days, will finally push to the east, allowing a ridge of high pressure to build in.

A mix of sun and cloud for Friday afternoon with a high of 29°C feeling like 34°C with humidex. There is a very slight chance of a pop-up thunder shower in the extreme west end of the GTA. Again though just a risk. The wind will be light from the south and the UV index will be 7 or high.

Friday Night: Mainly clear with a low of 18°C.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Pets, according to a new study in PLOS Climate, are often overlooked victims in natural disasters. Researchers looked at data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Shelter Animals Count (SAC) and found that the number of dogs and cats in shelters was still significantly higher up to a year after a major natural disaster, like hurricanes and wildfires.

Failure to account for pets in emergency management plans may endanger humans as well. According to the study, during Hurricane Irene pet owners evacuated at a lower rate than those who did not own pets — of pet owners who didn’t evacuate, 51 percent said they were unable to find adequate shelter for their pets.