Heat record missed by a hair

Toronto Pearson hit 37.5 C or 99 F on 21 July 2011 (courtesy The Weather Channel)

Toronto’s Pearson Airport was close to setting an all-time record high yesterday but missed it by a fraction of a degree.

By 5-pm on 21 July 2011, the thermometer had soared to 37.5 C, making it Toronto’s fourth-hottest day ever.

According to measurements taken at Pearson, Toronto’s heat record was set Aug. 25, 1948 when it was 38.3 C and records date back to 1937.

Toronto also issued an extreme heat alert as the humidex made the city feel like 49 C part of the day and the hottest neighbourhood was reportedly St Clair West Village at 39.1 C.

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