If you felt unusually warm on Tuesday, there’s a good reason why. On May 27, Ottawa was the hottest spot in the whole of Canada, as temperatures with the humidex made it feel like 39 C. If that wasn’t enough, Ottawa’s weather is set to break heat records this week, as Wednesday is going to feel like 40 C. Phew!

It was a hot day in the National Capital Region on Tuesday, as the first heat wave of the summer season engulfed the city.

By the afternoon, the temperature at Gatineau Airport reached 32.5 C, while the temperature with the humidex in Ottawa made it feel like 39 C. 

According to Environment Canada, this meant that the region became the hottest spot in all of Canada, per CTV News.

A heat warning from the government agency remains in place for much of Ontario, as a result of tropical air coming from the Gulf of Mexico.

"Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion," explains Environment Canada.

"Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place," the agency reminds locals.

Through Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures are expected to hover in the low 30s, but humidex values will make conditions feel closer to 40 C.

It’s going to be particularly stifling on Wednesday, as Environment Canada is predicting temperatures of 33 C in the afternoon.

This would smash Ottawa Airport’s previous May 27 heat record of 31.9 C, which was set way back in 1978!

The capital city is no stranger to breaking records and topping leaderboards.

Only two weeks ago, Ottawa broke several cold weather records, as conditions dropped to almost -5 C in mid-May.

In April, the region became the coldest capital city in the world, and was chillier than notoriously freezing spots like Moscow, Helsinki and Reykjavik.

 

Late Thursday, residents of the city should prepare for showers and the risk of a thunderstorm, as a cold front moves in on Friday.

Temperatures will drop to around 22 C on Saturday, before highs of 16 C on Sunday.

Stay cool and hydrated, Ottawa!

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