One of the hottest weekends of the summer has arrived with the forecast calling for temperatures in the low 30’s.
Summer 2016 is proving to be much warmer than last year, already there have been 14 days this summer where the mercury has hit 30 or higher, that compares to just one day by this time last year.
Friday’s high will be 32 but with the humidex it will feel like 42. Saturday’s high will be 31, but it will feel like 37 with the humidex.
Environment Canada Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips told AM980 the last time we saw this kind of weather in the summer was 2012.
“It’s been great beer drinking weather, it’s been great muscle shirt and tank top, a lot of beach weather and certainly something that we haven’t seen in about three years. We’d have to go back to 2012 when we saw a very warm, kind of a dryish summer. We had then, about 26 days where we had temperatures above 30 so certainly we have a ways to go.”
For now, a heat warning remains in effect for London-Middlesex.
After this weekend the forecast calls for the temperature to hover around the 30 degree mark for the next week.
Environment Canada says an extended period of hot and humid weather will continue Friday and persist into the weekend.
Phillips said this is typically the hottest time of the year.
“If you look at a graph and graphed London’s temperatures over the last 30 years, July 23rd is where you would reach the peak that is the warmest day, statistically, in the London area.
We’re going to see that come the weekend when it is July 23rd, and even next week when we see a bit of a cool off, we’re still going to see temperatures above normal.”
While there is plenty of sun in the forecast, there isn’t a lot of rain.
Some thunderstorms rolled through the London region early Friday morning, but quickly moved on.
Phillips said London hasn’t seen a lot of rain.
“We’ve seen in the London area, precipitation is maybe about 60% of normal, we’ve seen a couple of bouts of rain in July which was almost a rescue rain for gardeners and growers.”
Londoners are reminded to visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
Parents are reminded to not leave their kids in a parked vehicle while pet owners are similarly reminded to not leave their pets in a parked vehicle.
Because of the heat, it’s also recommended people prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.
Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps).
Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include:
– dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting
– rapid breathing and heartbeat
– extreme thirst and
– decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
If you experience any of these symptoms during a heat event, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids, especially water.