The sizzling heat alongside the insufficient amounts of precipitation has officially taken a toll on the environment.
The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority says the watershed is experiencing Level 1 Low Water conditions.
Low water conditions are assessed by calculating precipitation over the past three months and stream flows over the past month.
Officials say the watershed received only about 38 mm of rain in June, just over 40 per cent of the long-term normal for the month.
Over the last three months, London received 129 mm across the watershed, less than 50 per cent of the usual.
The local conservation authority says now is the time to conserve water as much as possible.
“Skip things like the car wash. You don’t need a car wash every week,” UTRCA Communications Specialist Eleanor Heagy tells AM980.
“That water instead you could use to water your plants. You can water trees, especially young trees that have just been planted. Those are the ones that are going to be especially vulnerable right now.”
Along with scaling back water usage, Heagy encourages residents to collect any future rain in rain barrels or buckets to use for watering gardens.
Aquatic wildlife has also felt the heat following this year’s notable dry conditions.
“We do need more rain to come in. As streams start to get lower, fish and other animals in the water will be getting into a bit of distress as well,” says Heagy.
Although a heat warning remains in effect, Environment Canada predicts a chance of showers Wednesday through Friday, with even a possible risk of a thunderstorm Thursday.
With files from Rana Aladdin