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Tuesday marks the first day of summer, with a heat warning in effect for Toronto

Monarch Park's outdoor swimming pool is one of 10 City of Toronto pools that opened Saturday in an effort to help residents enjoy the summer weather and get outside.
Prepare for daylight — lots of it. 

On Tuesday, the first day of summer — also known as the summer solstice — Toronto will experience the longest period of daylight of the year, from approximately 5:30 a.m. through just past 9 p.m., according to Environment Canada climatologist David Phillips.

The day is predicted to be a picturesque one, at 30 C and sunny. Environment Canada has warned of a two-day heat event for Tuesday through Wednesday.

Wednesday will be warmer, at 33 C, but with a chance of showers. The end of the week is anticipated to be a little cooler, with highs of around 28 C through Sunday.

Wednesday’s high of 33 C is approximately eight degrees higher than normal highs for June 22, according to Phillips.

But after that anomaly, the temperatures will become “more seasonable.”

“What’s interesting is that we’re not experiencing a very long bout of warm conditions — not breaking records at all,” he said.

“We’re going to have to wait until the end of June or beginning of July until we see more consistently warm days, which marks the true beginning of summer.”

Phillips said summer lovers don’t need to fear — there will likely be an extended warm period in the next few months, perfect for beach days and cottage trips.

“Our models are showing a warmer than normal summer from July into September. We’re not going to miss out on those warm days. We’re not cancelling the summer this year.”

 

Aisling Murphy is a reporter for the Star’s radio room based in Toronto. Reach her via email: aislingmurphy@thestar.ca

 

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