This weekend in Toronto: hot and sunny, with subway and road closures
The Invictus Games, which begin Saturday, will affect how you get around the city
Friday has arrived in Toronto, bringing with it another hot and sunny weekend as the city remains on the cusp of a heat alert.
The late September heat wave has city officials urging caution ahead of weekend events.
"For this time of year, we are way above where we should be and we're getting into record territory," said Geoff Coulson, warning preparedness meteorologist for Environment Canada.
The weather agency issued a heat warning for Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area as warm temperatures and humidity are expected to persist throughout the weekend.
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With a high of 31 C expected on Saturday and 32 C on Sunday, the city has pledged to keep the majority of splash pads open for the weekend.
The Invictus Games also start on Saturday and run until September 30, bringing plenty of things to see and do.
The games will also affect how you get around this weekend in areas near to where events are being held.
On Friday, High Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic and the southside curb-lane of Bloor Street West will be closed between High Park and Pacific avenues.
On Friday and Saturday, Queen Street West will be closed between York and Bay streets.
On Saturday evening, no thru traffic will be allowed on Maple Leaf Square for the games opening ceremonies.
Richmond Street between Bay and York streets will also be closed on Saturday evening.
Additional closure information can be found here.
Line 2 will be closed between Kipling and Islington stations for track and cable updates on Saturday and Sunday, with shuttle buses running between them and the 192 Airport Rocket picking up passengers from both stations.
Over the next week, three bus and streetcar routes will divert on various days due to the Invictus Games: The 501 Queen streetcar, the 106 York University northbound bus and the 6 Bay bus.
More information on those diversions can be found here.