Currently in Toronto — July 26th, 2022

Scattered clouds and less humid

The weather, currently.

That potent cold front from last night certainly left its mark in parts of southern Ontario, with intense damaging thunderstorms (more on that in a moment) and finally, the biggest one day rainfall so far this month for the GTA. Over 18mm fell at Pearson. A ridge of high pressure is now building in. Mainly sunny skies for Tuesday morning with a wake up temperature of 16°C. There will be some scattered high clouds moving for the afternoon, but nothing significant. The high is 25°C, but feels like 29°C with the humidex. The wind will be light from the S 15-25km/h and the UV Index will be 7 or high.

Tuesday night: scattered clouds with a low of 17°C.

Storm Update: Two teams from the Northern Tornadoes Project will be surveying the damage from the storms last night in Eastern Ontario. There were reports of significant damage along the HWY 7 corridor near Tweed, Madoc and Marmora. Sunday’s thunderstorms and high winds uprooted trees and damaged cottages, homes and properties. The region is about 70 kilometres east of Peterborough. Hydro officials also confirmed approximately 26,000 customers without power. No fatalities have been reported at this time.

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Price Road near Tweed ON courtesy Lynn Hopkin Prest [Facebook]

What you need to know, currently.

Amid escalating extreme weather events around the world, Congressional staffers staged a historic protest today. They staged a sit-in, and were arrested, while protesting against the climate change policy stalemate.

We published a story, written by our founder, Eric Holthaus, on the event.

“Saul Levin, a climate policy staffer for Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) who helped organized the action and was one of those arrested, said it’s the first time in US history that current congressional staffers have peacefully protested their own party’s leaders inside the US Congress.”

“Last week in a widely publicized speech, Biden failed to declare a climate emergency — a move that would have authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to build heat pumps and solar panels, among many other possibilities. Days later, 60 members of Congress, including Bush, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), wrote a letter to Biden demanding he use the ‘full power’ of the executive branch due to the ‘scope and urgency of the crisis.’"

Read the full story on our website!