Currently in Toronto — June 22nd, 2022

The weather, currently.

Heat warning!

A scorching start to summer! The new season officially began very early this morning and the intense heat will continue into tomorrow, our first full day of summer tomorrow. A heat warning is in place across the GTA. Expect mainly sunny skies early tomorrow morning. The wake  up temperature will be 21°C, but it'll feel ike 25°C already. There will be some clouds for the late morning as a front pushes in. This could trigger some isolated thunderstorms. Again, isolated in nature, but the risk will continue into the afternoon. The forecast is a high of 30°C, but it'll feel like 39°C with humidex. The hot and humid airmass will also mean poor air quality. The extreme heat is potentially dangerous — especially for the elderly and very young — if air conditioning is not available. Please remember shopping malls, some community centers and other city run facilities may be available to provide a temporary cool space. The city of Toronto also has 10 public pools that are now currently in operation.

Wednesday night: mainly clear with a low of 16°C.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Everyone get ready to soak up the sun, as the first day of astronomical summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) has officially arrived. Although, meteorological summer began on June 1, and many of us have already been feeling the heat!

Today marks the summer solstice, making it the start of a new season as well as the longest day of the year. According to the National Weather Service, the solstice began at 5:13 a.m. on the East Coast and 2:13 a.m. on the West Coast.

A solstice occurs when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit when its at the most northerly point in the sky — above the Tropic of Cancer — at 23.5 degrees north latitude. It sits there for a bit before reversing and continuing its way southward towards the equator. Today, we have the most hours of daylight and the least amount of darkness out of any day in the year because the sun takes the longest path across the sky from sunrise to sunset.

The summer solstice corresponds with the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which — conversely — marks the start of the winter season and the shortest day and longest night of the year.

Solstices happen every June and December and historically, were used as ways of timekeeping, as they occur at the same time around the world.

—Aarohi Sheth