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It will be the hottest day of the year in Ottawa: Here’s when the temperature will hit 34 C

The ‘heat dome’ is blanketing Ottawa for a third straight day, with temperatures expected to hit 34 C this afternoon.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Ottawa, saying the “prolonged heat event” will continue through Thursday with “dangerously hot and humid conditions” expected.

“Daytime highs are expected to be 30 to 35 degrees Celsius with humidex values of 40 to 45,” the weather agency said.

“There will be little relief through the overnight as lows are expected to be 18 to 23 degrees Celsius with humidex values of 26 to 30.”

The temperature hit 32.5 C on Tuesday; the warmest temperature recorded in Ottawa so far this year.

Environment Canada’s forecast calls for a high of 34 C today, with the humidex making it feel like 43. The record for hottest June 19 in Ottawa is 34.7 C, set back in 1995.

The forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud today with a 30 per cent chance of early morning showers. Environment Canada says the temperature will hit 31 C at 12 p.m. and 34 C by 4 p.m.

Ottawa’s medical officer of health says it’s important to drink plenty of weather during the hot and humid weather.

“Your body is trying to keep cool by sweating and you lose fluids and you lose salt and dehydration is one thing that can happen,” Dr. Vera Etches told CTV News Ottawa Tuesday night.

Etches says finding shade or even making it yourself with an umbrella or parasol can help if you can’t get somewhere cool.

“If people stay in a hot environment and aren’t able to keep cool, you can get to the dangerous level of heat stroke,” Etches says. “It does need immediate emergency attention. That’s when your body’s not able to cool and you might even get confusion, disorientation, and hallucinations.”

Partly cloudy tonight with a 30 per cent chance of showers and a risk of a thunderstorm. Low 23 C.

Thursday will be mainly cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of showers. High 30 C, with the humidex making it feel like 39.

Friday will be sunny. High 28 C.

The outlook for Saturday calls for mainly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers. High 25 C.

The normal temperatures for this time of year are a high of 25 C and a low of 14 C.

With files from CTV News Ottawa’s Ted Raymond

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