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Toronto melts as NZ freezes

We normally associate Canada and the word “melting” as something to do with snow – but not today as record challenging heat moves into the city of Toronto.  In fact temperatures in Toronto are expected to set a new summer record.

Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 host John Tory says today’s high is forecast to be 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) and, the humidex (which also uses) will make it feel like 48 Celsius.

John Tory says there will be little let up tomorrow night as temperatures will only drop about 4 degrees.

Tory says he does get a reminder of Canadian winters when he walks past some Toronto business’s who have their air con going flat out and cold air blasting out onto the pavement.

And back home snow is forecast to low levels across Southland from Saturday with snow potentially falling in Christchurch later on Sunday and on the hilltops of Wellington on Monday – however forecasters say precipitation levels may be borderline in some places.   We’ll have more details later today on the snow forecast for some NZ main centres.

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– By Malcolm Gayfer, NewstalkZB with additional by


Anne on 22/07/2011 3:18am

I know someone who will be feeling it, at least there is no humidity to go with it.

WW Forecast Team on 22/07/2011 4:09am

Unfortunately there is Anne!  It was around 48% this afternoon in Toronto – which made the feels like temperature 48 – and in Ottawa it was 50!

In NZ I’ve never seen a humidex reading over 40…39 was the highest in Auckland last summer when it was very humid.

Hope your friend is ok and has a cool place to be in.


Philip Duncan

Anne on 22/07/2011 5:03am

Our mother always referred to Toronto as having a dry heat compared to Auckland although she was brought up in Windsor. Admittedly when I visited it was near the end of September so did not notice the humidity. My brother lives there and will be certainly feel it with the humidity. I’m sure he will find a pub to cool off in.

WW Forecast Team on 22/07/2011 5:20am

The humidity drops off VERY quickly at the end of Sept.  I was there in October and it was like winter in NZ, if not colder.

The humidity is different though – and your Mum’s right that it’s certainly a drier heat than say Auckland.  We have much higher humidity and more rainfall.  I bet the pubs are running low on beer at the moment 🙂


Anne on 24/07/2011 9:02pm

Thank you for the information.

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