Canada

Canadians blasted with more heat

A heat wave is blanketing the country from New Brunswick to Alberta, with scorching weather that baked much of the U.S. making its way to this side of the border.

A heat wave is blanketing the country from New Brunswick to Alberta, with scorching weather that baked much of the U.S. making its way to this side of the border.

The unrelenting heat is melting temperature records across the country.

Winnipeg's Lindsay Vieira and her six-year-old son have spent much of their time at a local splash park the last couple of days, making use of lots of sunscreen and shade.

"We don't have air conditioning," she said. "We have had to find other ways to stay cool. Air-conditioned restaurants … and splash parks."    

Manitoba has broken eight records across the province so far, hitting a high of 33 C Monday but feeling more like 37 with the humidity.

The technical definition of a heat wave is three days in a row with temperatures of 32 C or more.

Earlier, a problem at a substation and demands of the heat prompted Manitoba Hydro to take the unusual step of asking people, particularly in Winnipeg, to cut back on their electricity usage.

Around 5,000 customers were without power for many hours over the weekend. But the problem at the substation has been fixed and there are now no concerns about distribution.

The hot and sticky weather also enveloped parts of Saskatchewan and southern Ontario on Monday.

In Regina, the mercury is expected to reach 32 C following Sunday's 33 C heat.  

Parts of Ontario, which has also been hit by high temperatures, had slightly cooler temperatures Monday.

After Sunday's record-breaking high of 35 C in Toronto, the city reached a high of 32 C.

A number of high temperature records were broken over the weekend, from Saskatchewan to the Maritimes.

With the humidity, the temperature felt like the 40s in many places. 

High temperatures are expected to persist for much of the work week in many cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Regina and Winnipeg.

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