Currently in Toronto — June 7th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A soggy Tuesday!

Rain and lots of it is on the way. There is a potent disturbance that will generate thunderstorms and heavy rainfall for parts of Southern ON this evening. And, it will continue into Tuesday. Huron Perth, Grey-Bruce, Barrie and Parry Sound could see 30-60mm of rain by tomorrow morning and are some of the areas under a rainfall warning. For us in the GTA, a special weather statement is in effect.

20-40+ mm is expected. It will begin tonight with the risk of a thunderstorm, and then rain showers continuing into Tuesday afternoon.

At times there will be brief periods of moderate rain. As the core of the moisture pushes east by late day,  partial clearing is expected once the front passes. The wake-up temperature will be in the mid-teens, climbing up to only 19°C as a daytime high.

Tuesday night: cloudy periods with just a risk of an isolated shower and it will be cool with a light NW breeze - the low is 12°C.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

It’s a big day for climate policy in America! For the first time, President Biden has declared climate change-related national emergencies.

President Biden called on the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate the production for clean energy, the White House announced Monday. Heat pumps, solar panel parts and equipment to make and use electricity-generated fuels building insulation and infrastructure for the power grid, are just a few things covered under DPA. All of which will work together to better regulate climate impacts in buildings.

The Biden administration wishes to increase solar energy to mitigate the effects of climate change. At the same time, it wants to use trade protectionism to avoid foreign competition and is pushing for things like solar panels to be produced in the United States.

So, the administration has ordered a two-year tariff exemption on solar panels imported from Southeast Asian countries to push Americans to consider green alternatives as energy as gas prices continue to rise.

Hopefully this federal support leads to more concrete steps to solve both the solar problem and in turn, the climate crisis.

— Aarohi Sheth