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High heat and humidity settles in over the GTA

Last Updated Jul 4, 2020 at 9:52 am EDT

People enjoy activities on Lake Ontario overlooking the City of Toronto skyline during the COVID-19 pandemic at Jack Darling Park in Mississauga, Ont., on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The stretch of high heat and humidity is showing no signs of breaking this weekend.

Environment Canada says a prolonged period of hot weather is expected through the weekend and into next week, with humidex values reaching at least 35 for the next five days.

Overnight lows near 20 degrees Celsius are also expected through this period, providing little relief from the heat.

Toronto recorded the hottest day of 2020 on Thursday and it was the hottest July 2nd ever in the city.

According to 680 NEWS weather specialist Denis Andreacchi, long range forecast models indicate the high heat, humidity and dry weather will continue for most of July.

“The last few days have been very hot, but after this weekend you can expect a surge of muggy air to settle itself over the lower great lakes,” she said. “This means a dangerously high humidex, meaning it’s going to feel into the 40s across the GTA next week.”

Six of the City’s swimming pools will remain open late tonight to provide some relief for those looking to beat the heat.

The City has also opened 15 emergency cooling centres during the heat event.

The centres will open their doors each day at 11 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. with the Metro Hall location at 55 John Street remaining open 24 hours a day for the duration of the warning.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff will be screening people before they enter the centres.

“Emergency Cooling Centre staff will screen all visitors and accommodate those who are required to self-isolate in an alternate space separate from the main Emergency Cooling Centre area,” a city news release said.