For a lot of Canadians, it felt like summer was just never going to arrive this year. For a lot of regions across the country, spring seemed like a distant myth, as many provinces experienced cold and miserable weather that felt a lot like winter. Finally though, for at least one region of Canada, things are starting to heat up, and maybe just a bit too fast. In fact, heat warnings in Northern Ontario are in place today. 

While the northern parts of the nation tend to be colder, the Government of Canada has actually released a public weather warning for several areas of Northern Ontario due to the heat. The areas mentioned in the heat warnings include Upsala, Atikokan, Dryden, and Ignace.

According to the warning, a sudden heat wave has arrived this weekend due to a “warm air mass” that is travelling over parts of Northwestern Ontario from the United States. In particular areas such as Fort Frances and Savant Lake, daytime temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees Celsuis, with warm overnight temperatures of at least 18 degrees on Friday and Saturday.

In most parts of Northwestern Ontario, like Kenora, the weather is expected to cool down between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. While Sunday day-time is still likely to be pleasant for Ontarians, cooler air will acclimatize the temperature.

The government warning reminds Ontario residents to drink plenty of water over the coming days, even before you are thirsty. The website suggests people should “Check on older family, friends and neighbours” and “Make sure they are cool and drinking water”, as well as reminding the public to never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

The report comes as a surprise to residents of Ontario, who are more used to the Northern areas experiencing some cooler weather. 

If you're heading out to enjoy the sunshine this weekend, don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a nice cool drink- it's going to be a hot one!


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