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Extreme heat continues in GTA; power outage in Forest Hill

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Sep 26th, 2017

A thermometre showing 40 C. GETTY IMAGES/artpartner-images

Toronto and the GTA are in store for another day of potentially record-breaking heat on Tuesday, as a heat warning remains in effect.

Temperatures are expected to soar to 30 C, but it will feel like 40 C with the humidity, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

While the heat didn’t break a temperature record at Pearson International Airport on Monday, the region is expected to break a record on Tuesday. A record high of 29.6 C was set on this day in 1998.

The GTA is also on track to beat a record on Wednesday. The high is expected to hit 28 C – the record high was 27.2 set on that day in 1973.

Much of southern Ontario has been under a heat warning by Environment Canada since Saturday. However, the national weather agency said a cold front is expected to move across southern Ontario through the day on Wednesday, bringing with it cooler temperatures by Thursday. The high for Thursday is expected to be 19 C.

The Toronto District School Board cancelled all outdoor activities for both Monday and Tuesday due to the extreme heat. The school board has also taken precautions in many of its schools because about 20 per cent don’t have air conditioning.

Meanwhile, it was an uncomfortable night for many residents in Forest Hill who had to deal with an power outage overnight, which meant no air conditioning in this stifling heat.

Power went out at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday after a fault in Toronto Hydro’s underground infrastructure.

The affected area is bounded by Bathurst Street, Avenue Road, Glencairn Avenue and Eglinton Avenue, affecting around 1,000 customers.

The power utility initially said crews were hoping to have power restored by 7 a.m. However, at around 6 a.m. Toronto Hydro said the restoration time was now mid-to-late morning since crews are having issues pinpointing the fault location.

 

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