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Record heat, thunderstorms kick off the week

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Toronto broke a heat record on Monday when the mercury climbed to 35 C at Pearson, surpassing the previous record for July 23.

Back in 1999, Toronto saw a high of 34.7 C.

The hot weather record comes as Toronto copes with the seventh heat alert since May and another humidex advisory — now typical of this year’s hot, sticky summer.

Much of southern Ontario was also under a severe thunderstorm watch Monday night, and some areas were hit hard by heavy rains, wind and hail. 

The watch was ended for Toronto shortly after 11 p.m.

Earlier, Environment Canada warned that the extreme heat could pose health problems to vulnerable individuals.

“During times of high heat and humidity, the public, especially those who are susceptible to heat stress, are advised to stay in an air-conditioned place when possible or seek shady areas, drink plenty of water and limit physical outdoor activity,” the agency said.

The temperature peaked at 35 C, but felt more like 41 C with the humidity.

It’s expected to be cooler and less humid on Tuesday.

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