Mother Nature is turning up the heat Monday, as we celebrate the official arrival of summer.
Before the seasons officially change at 6:34p.m., the region remains under a heat warning from Environment Canada. The forecast is calling for a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 32 and humidex of 39.
We’ll get close to matching Monday’s warm weather record, which is 33.9 degrees set back in 1953.
Environment Canada meteorologist Yousef Mengesha is urging residents to protect themselves from the heat, which can pose serious health risks.
“Avoid strenuous activities and drink plenty of water,” he said. “With this heat episode, too much exposure to the sunlight can cause some health problems, so it’s important to limit outdoor activity.”
Older adults, infants and young children, and people with chronic illnesses are at most risk of developing heat-related complications and illnesses.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
If you’re looking to take advantage of the sunshine and have some fun with the kids, spray pads across London open at 9a.m. and the wading pool at Springbank Park will be open Monday between 1:30 and 6:30.
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We’ll get a break from the extreme heat and humidity overnight, thanks to a cold front expected to move into the region and bring a 60 per cent chance for showers or thunderstorms.
The forecast for the rest of the week includes plenty of sunshine but less humidity. It’ll be mostly sunny Tuesday through to Saturday with highs in the mid-20’s.