Heat warning for Sudbury to continue to Friday

Muriel Hammond
July 4, 2018

Southern Ontario has been hard hit as well.

Meanwhile, the the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has prolonged their extended heat warning.

According to the heat warning for North Bay and area, issued at 3:36 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 and updated at 10:02 a.m. on Monday, July 2, a heat event continues through mid week.

The week-long heat wave started Friday and is forecast to last until the end of the week.

"What's more unique about this is the duration", said Kelly Hobelman, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. The forecast calls for a daytime high of 32 degrees, a humidex of 37 and a UV index of 9 or very high.

He says the new system is more accurate. Daytime temperatures will again be near 30 degrees, with humidex values in the mid 30s.

University of Waterloo climate scientist Blair Feltmate says the heat wave can't be directly attributed to climate change, but that suggesting the two aren't linked would be like arguing that no particular home run can be attributed to steroids when a baseball player on a hitting streak is caught doping.

Drouin says the victims fit the profile of people authorities describe as at risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, people who live alone and people without air conditioning at home.

Even those not specifically at risk are encouraged to stay inside or in the shade, and to limit outdoor activity in the heat.

The City of Toronto continues to have seven cooling stations open across the city as well as public, air-conditioned spaces like libraries and community centres available so people can catch a break from the never ending heat wave.

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