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Toronto in for 30th day of over 30 C weather

Brothers Mohammed, 10, and Yousef Othman, 3, play in the water fountains at Dundas Square on July 5, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Toronto is on track to see it’s 30th day of over 30 C weather, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

Friday will see a high of 33 C, with the humidex near 43. It will be mainly cloudy with sunny breaks and a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Most of the wet weather for Toronto and the GTA will hold off until later Friday night, Taylor said.

Toronto and much of the GTA remain under an Environment Canada heat warning. It was first issued on Monday but will likely end Saturday morning as cooler air moves into the region.

The City of Toronto issued its own heat warning on Tuesday, which also remains in effect. During heat and extended heat warnings, the city opens its cooling centres.

It’s rare but not unprecedented that Toronto will have so many hot days in one year. In 1959, Toronto had 43 days of 30-plus temperatures. In 2005, the city saw 41 days of 30-plus temperatures. Overall, 2005 was the hottest summer on record, Taylor said.

On Wednesday, the city tied the record for the hottest Aug. 11 ever. The record high of 35.6 C was set back in 1944, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said, and was reached again on Wednesday.

The hottest day so far this year is still July 13, at 36 C.