The only thunder Torontonians will hear in the city this weekend will be the engine roar of race cars as they speed around the Honda Indy track set up on the lakeshore.
And though the roads will be returned to commuters by midnight Sunday, the summer weather is staying for a while. Forecasters are calling for seven days of high temperatures and clear skies, broken up only by a few clouds with no precipitation predicted until the following week.
With a high of 26 C on Saturday and a UV index of 10 or very high, experts warn that sunscreen is a must this weekend for those out watching the Indy race or attending one of Toronto’s outdoor events.
“It’s not cool to burn,” Environment Canada is warning. “Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15.”
Besides the Honda Indy at Exhibition place, three other major outdoor events are taking place in the GTA. The Taste of Lawrence festival, Afrofest and Salsa on St. Clair are all open-air fests with food and music and the potential for sunburn.
Environment Canada is advising that extra precautions are needed on days with very high UV ratings. If you must be outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m when the sun is strongest, wear a hat, wear sunscreen and seek shade where possible.
Temperatures will hover around 30 into next week. Current temperatures are right around normal for this time of year, with the average July temperature at 26.4 C.