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Children cool off in a public pool in Toronto Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Ontario residents cranking up their air conditioners to cope with another day of sticky heat are putting heavy pressure on the power grid.Power consumption in the province surpassed the expected peak of 24,600 megawatts at 1 p.m., four hours earlier than expected. (Darren Calabrese/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Children cool off in a public pool in Toronto Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Ontario residents cranking up their air conditioners to cope with another day of sticky heat are putting heavy pressure on the power grid.Power consumption in the province surpassed the expected peak of 24,600 megawatts at 1 p.m., four hours earlier than expected. (Darren Calabrese/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Heat wave just the opening act for summer, expert says Add to ...

Central Canada will get some reprieve from the oppressive heat, but the rest of the country is in line for a "taste of summer."

Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips says by this weekend everyone across the country will experience warm, summer conditions.

He says British Columbia has shaken its "June gloom" and the Prairies will finally see wall-to-wall sun.

While the rest of the country welcomes a little heat, Ontario and Quebec is going to shed it.

Today is expected to be the warmest day of the heat wave that's held Central Canada in its sweaty grip all week, with temperatures reaching the mid 30s and humidex values in the 40s.

The heat will break Friday with rain in the forecast, but warm, sunny temperatures will likely continue in Central Canada for the rest of the summer.

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