October is off to an absolutely scorching start in Toronto, and today has taken it to a whole new record-breaking level.
Environment Canada is showing that it’s currently 31°C in Toronto (with a humidex value of 39°C). The last time heat reached those heights on October 1 in Toronto was 17 years ago in 2002 when temperatures reached 29.5°C.
That high was broken around the 1:30 pm Tuesday when the mercury hit 31°C.
But in addition to Toronto setting a new daily record, we also broke the October max temperature record of 31.6°C, which set on October 8, 2007, according to Crawford Luke, a meteorologist with the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre (OSPC) with Environment Canada.
— Crawford Luke (@cluke5) October 1, 2019
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According to Environment Canada, showers are expected to begin around 3 pm and will continue into showers and the risk of a severe thunderstorm later in the evening.
Gusty winds of up to 40 km/h are also expected.
Once Tuesday’s hot and humid temperatures are over, the traditional fall-like temperatures will stick around for the rest of the month.
Additionally, Environment Canada has also issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the city today.
Damaging wind gusts may be associated with some of these storms as well as torrential downpours, frequent lightning, and hail.
There will also be the risk of an isolated tornado, according to the weather agency.
“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees, and overturn large vehicles. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors,” said Environment Canada in a statement.