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Toronto power outage

Torontonians sweat through hottest night of the year

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:59 AM - Parts of the Toronto were left without power on Tuesday after contractors fixing the city's water system damaged some hydro equipment around 12 pm.

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"Approx. 6K residents impacted by extended outage in the East York area due to contractor damage," Toronto Hydro tweeted Wednesday. "Approx. restoration time Wednesday AM."

Crews worked through the night and were able to get the affected customers back online by early Wednesday morning. 

The outage came on one of the hottest days of the year, as temperatures soared above 30°C, feeling closer to 40 with the humidex.

That was the first time since the end of June that Toronto's Pearson Airport reached a daytime high above 30.

A widespread heat warning was in place warning residents to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and illness. 

The humidity was also a key ingredient in the thunderstorm risk across the region, which was in the path of a cold front passing through.

That prompted severe thunderstorm watches to be issued across southern Ontario Tuesday, but atmospheric conditions prevented the formation of major storms in the southwest, although some wind damage was reported in Windsor.

Temperatures will return to more seasonal values for the remainder of the week.

Four things you need to know about Wednesday, August 27
Severe thunderstorm alerts issued as cold front sweeps through southern Ontario
Tornado warnings in parts of Quebec
Feeling like 40: First heat warning of the year issued in southern Ontario
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