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Extreme heat continues this week in Almaguin, North Bay

Extreme heat continues this week in Almaguin, North Bay

A cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front.

A new heat warning system is now in place to warn Nova Scotians when hot and humid weather has the potential to be harmful.

So far the heat has only broken one record in Toronto - on Friday, Pearson airport hit a high of 35.4 degrees.

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Humidex values reaching 43 are expected.

Environment Canada warns this extreme heat event will continue though for most of the week, calling this streak the most significant heat event in the past few years.

Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, says the former criteria included higher temperatures like when the humidex was 40 degrees Celsius of higher.

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The cool down will be short lived, as heat and humidity will return on Tuesday and persist through most of this week. However, the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

There are many warning signs for heat illness, including swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Environment Canada is saying residents of southern Ontario will see some overnight relief from the heat, but daytime temperatures are expected to remain steamy.

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In an updated weather statement issued Monday morning, Environment Canada said that a cold front forecasted to pass through the province should bring relief to the heat wave, lowering overnight temperatures into the high teens for the next two days. "And also keep in mind to make sure you don't leave any people or pets in your auto, as temperatures will rise dramatically within minutes".