Currently in Toronto — August 3rd, 2022

Intense heat and humidity returns

The weather, currently.

Oppressive heat is moving in. Tomorrow will feel over 10 degrees warmer than today. A special weather statement has been issued for much of the GTA. Wednesday morning will start under mainly sunny skies and a wake-up temperature near 17°C.

A surge of very humid gulf air will push in along a warm front that drapes over the lower great lakes. Expect a mix of sun and cloud overall, with a high of 30°C that feels like 40°C with the humidex. The airmass will be unstable with the risk of scattered showers and possible thunderstorms developing by late afternoon. Much of the day will be dry with active weather beginning likely after 5pm, with the risk increasing by evening and certainly for the overnight.

The wind will be light from the south and the UV index will be 9 or very high.

Wednesday night: it will be uncomfortable overnight for those without AC. There will be scattered showers with still the risk of isolated thunderstorms and a low of  22°C, feeling like 25°C.

Anwar Knight

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