Records broken in Ottawa as heat wave continues

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Ottawa broke a heat record for the second day in a row Sunday as the mid-August heat wave continues.

Saturday’s hot, sticky high was 32.9 C, just above the previous record high for Aug. 21 in Ottawa — 32.8 C, set back in 1955.

Sunday’s temperature was forecast to reach 31 C by Environment and Climate Change Canada, but by 3 p.m. it had reached 32, eclipsing an almost 80-year-old heat record in the city. On Aug. 22 in 1942 the temperature hit 31.7 C in Ottawa.

There is little relief in sight from the heat in the new few days.

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Although there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday and Monday, the temperatures are forecast to hover just above or just below 30 C until Thursday.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting cooler temperatures in the mid-20s with a mix of sun and cloud starting Friday and into the weekend.

Three cooling sites for residents in need of relief include the Sports Hall of Fame at Ottawa City Hall located at 110 Laurier Ave. W., the Plant Recreation Centre at 930 Somerset St. W. and the Overbrook Community Centre at 33 Quill St. The facilities are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the National Capital Commission was forced to close one beach in Gatineau Park — at Lac la Peche — because of a shortage of lifeguards. A second beach, Breton, at Meech Lake, is also closed. Other beaches are open at Lac Philippe, Meech Lake and Lac Leamy as well as city beaches in Ottawa at Mooney’s Bay, Westboro, Britannia, Petrie Island river beaches and pools.