Currently in Toronto — August, 29th 2022

Hot, Shumid and potentially stormy

The weather, currently.

Midsummer heat returns as we start up the final week before kids head back to school. Bright skies for Monday morning, with a wake-up temperature near 20°C. Clouds will increase through the morning with an approaching disturbance. Ahead of it, a surge of heat and humidity will come up from the deep south. The high 30°C tomorrow, which will seem like 38°C with the humidex. As a side note, a heat warning has been issued for the Niagara and Windsor area. The airmass across the region will be very unstable, setting up prime conditions for severe storms in some areas (especially north and west of the city.) It will be scattered in nature, in fact much of the day will be dry for us in the GTA, but our first chance of seeing some of that activity will likely occur as we begin the rush hour home. The greatest risk for severe limit storms will be in the evening. I anticipate some thunderstorm warnings will be issued as the front pushes in. The wind will be gusty at times 25-50km/h and the UV index 6 or high.

Monday Night: Cloudy with scattered rain showers and still a risk of a thunderstorm, the low will be 21°C, but seem closer to 27°C. It will be a very uncomfortable night without AC.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Climate change will not affect everyone equally — both domestically and internationally. Currently fellow Anna Abraham has a story up on how developing nations and small island states are working to bring Loss and Damage finance to the forefront of the conversation.

"In response to climate disasters, vulnerable communities rely on adaptation measures (eg. building flood defenses such as embankments) to survive; but these efforts can only go so far. Based on existing emission trends, climate change has dramatically increased the number of extreme weather events, making many disasters completely unavoidable. The social and fiscal impacts of these unavoidable events are referred to as 'loss and damage.'"

It is well established that countries in the Global South are disproportionately affected by climate change. The Global North is historically responsible for an excess of 92 percent of emissions. Countries in the South, including India and China, are still well within the boundary of their fair share of global emissions."

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