Currently in Toronto — August 8th, 2022

Hot and humid with a risk of thunderstorms

The weather, currently.

What a weekend! Oppressive and dangerous heat will continue across the region into the beginning of the new work week. But, relief is on the way, and I have included a list of heat exhaustion symptoms in today's post.

A very slow moving cold front will slide south across the lower great lakes bringing two main rounds of active weather. Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely early Monday morning, well ahead of the front. The wakeup temperature is near 23°C, but it'll feel like 29°C. Then, there will be variable cloudiness for the day, with plenty of rain-free time between more scattered showers and storms.  A slightly more organized round of rain and storms will occur in the evening. Some areas may see a brief downpour as well. The forecast is a high of 28°C, but it will feel like 39°C with the humidex.

Monday night: mainly cloudy with rain showers and thunderstorms ending and partial clearing. Cooler air will finally move in behind that front. The low is 19°C.

Anwar Knight

Courtesy of Health Canada

What you need to know, currently.

The Senate passed the Democrats’ climate, health care and tax package Sunday.

The “vote-a-rama” started Saturday night and ended this afternoon. The final vote was 51-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.

The bill, which is called the Inflation Reduction Act, plans to invest $369 billion into energy and climate change programs, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. This is the largest climate investment in US history.

The bill also includes a plan to lower prescription drug costs, extend the Affordable Care Act program for three years and make the tax code more equitable.

The House is expected to consider it Friday.

—Aarohi Sheth