Kitchener-Waterloo

Do you like it hot? Scorching temperatures and humidity to roll into Waterloo region this week

It's going to be hot. It's going to be humid. And it's going to be unsettled. That's the way this week is shaping up in Waterloo region, says Environment Canada meteorologist Gerald Cheng.
You may want to grab some ice cream this week as hot and humid weather is expected right through to the weekend in Waterloo region. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

This week will be hot and humid and with that comes the risk of showers every day, says Environment Canada meteorologist Gerald Cheng.

"For Tuesday, and even into Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, every day seems like there's a disturbance going through and that is why we are looking at an unsettled forecast," Cheng said in an interview.

"If you like it, I hope you're enjoying it but certainly take the necessary precautions too, because some people don't really like the heat and humidity."

Temperatures on Tuesday will reach 30 C, but with a humidex value of 37. The UV index will be nine, which is considered very high.

Temperatures creep upwards with a high of 26 C on Wednesday, 27 C on Thursday, 30 C on Friday and 31 C on Saturday.

Nearly every day calls for a mix of sun and cloud with a chance of showers.

The region could be nearing heat wave territory, Cheng said. They haven't called it yet, but meteorologists will be monitoring the heat and will issue a warning if necessary.

During the heat and humidity, Cheng said people should remember to take it easy.

People often say, "just 20 minutes more, finish the yard work or just finish the paint job," Cheng said. But that extra 20 minutes can lead to heat stroke and other complications.

"Take the breaks, go into shade, stay hydrated," he suggested.

As well, he noted the heat isn't expected to last beyond the next week.

"I just don't want people to get used to this kind of heat just yet because we could be looking at near-normal conditions ending the month," he said.

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