After several days of face melting sunlight and humidity, accompanied by warnings from Environment Canada, the heat wave has seemed to have dissipated in the southeast.

"Daytime highs have been in the upper twenties and low thirties. There were a couple days where we also had some high humidity, so we had humidex values that got up into upper thirties over the weekend, and also on Tuesday, we got up to about 36 degrees with the humidex," said Mike McDonald, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

"It has dried out a little bit and cooled down for the last couple days, and we're expecting more normal temperatures."

No reports were received of any serious consequences on health resulting from the heat, but the length of the wave was noteworthy.

"There was a few days in the middle of July last year, we had values around the warning criteria. Typically every summer, we'll be either flirting with or actually reaching it, so it's certainly nothing that's unusual to get. However, that fact that this high temperature and humidity has lasted now for over is unusual," McDonald observed.

However, Friday will see a brief return to the oven, with highs pushing past the 30 mark temporarily, potentially trigger more advisories. 

"We'll be within a degree or so of heat warning criteria, so it all depends on how much humidity. But that should only last for a day, as temperatures double back down towards normal values over the weekend."

The Warnings are issued when highs of 32 degrees and lows of 16 degrees, and humidex values of 38 degrees or more last at least two days.

 

 

 

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