Toronto’s chief medical officer has cancelled an extreme heat alert issued for the city last week.
The alert was lifted moments before rain began to fall in the downtown core on Saturday morning, providing a welcome relief from the sweltering temperatures that have blanketed the city.
“There’s a soggy day ahead of us and a warm day,” CityNews weather specialist Stella Acquisto said.
The rain will taper off by mid-afternoon, Acquisto said, and Toronto will see a high of 29 C. With the humidex, it will feel closer to the mid-30s.
Meanwhile, Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of the GTA, including Hamilton, Halton-Peel and Burlington-Oakville.
Large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall are in the forecast. Niagara, St. Catharines and Welland are also affected.
The heat alert was first issued for Toronto on Tuesday and upgraded to an extreme heat alert on Wednesday as temperatures soared to record-breaking heights.
On Wednesday, Toronto saw a high of 36.3 C, which eclipsed the long-standing weather record of 36.1 C, set on July 4, 1955.
Wednesday was also the hottest day of the year, but that record didn’t last: Toronto saw the same high of 36.3 C on Friday afternoon, tying the record.
The hottest July day on record was July 7, 1988, when the mercury hit 37.6 C.
Temperatures head back down to normal range next week with forecast highs in the mid to high 20s.
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