Currently in Toronto — June 30th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A bright and hot close to the month!

After our first measurable rainfall in about 10 days, it is back to bright skies for the last day of June. It will be mainly sunny Thursday morning with a wake-up temperature of 15°C. The sunshine will continue for the day with some humidity building back in. The high is 27°C, but it'll feel like 31°C with the humidex. The wind will be from the SE at 15-20km/h, and the UV index will be 9 or very high.

Thursday night: Just some scattered clouds with a low of 18°C. It should be a good night for those of you who are heading out early to cottage country as we celebrate Canada Day weekend.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Seville, one of the hottest cities in Spain, officially has the world’s first heat wave naming and rating system.

This comes after the country experienced its hottest first two weeks of June ever in its recorded history. Seville’s Mayor Juan Espadas addressed the need to create a culture of awareness around heat waves in a statement.

“Extreme heat waves are becoming more frequent and devastating as a direct effect from climate change. Local governments should address the threat heat poses to our populations, particularly the most vulnerable, by raising awareness of heat-health related hazards through evidence based data and science,” said Mayor Espadas.

With the new system, which launched last week on the summer solstice, Seville, will categorize each heatwave on a scale from 1 to 3 based on several factors, including daytime and nighttime temperatures, the heat index and humidity. Expected health impacts on residents will also be considered in the system, particularly those that are the most vulnerable, like the elderly and those that are unhoused or living with underlying health conditions.

Each category of heat wave calls for different public services––like extreme weather alerts and emergency response efforts that  send community health teams to check on people or opening air-conditioned cooling centers to provide people a moment of relief.

Heat waves that fall under Category 3 will be assigned names in reverse alphabetical order, starting with Zoe, Yago and Xenia.

Other cities, like Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Missouri and Athens have started similar programs.

— Aarohi Sheth