Things are heating up in Cornwall and the sizzle starts next week

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Is the heat wave !

The first extended in 2021 is heading our way, with an expected arrival late this weekend and possibly lasting until next Wednesday. The temperature is expected to reach 33 ° C at the start of the week, and there will be plenty of sun to accompany it.

By mid-afternoon on Friday, the temperature was already very summery, reaching 27 C at one point. An update provided by the city on Friday indicated that there would be no cooling center available this weekend; warm air is not expected to settle in the area until Sunday afternoon.

But, check with social media feeds and the city’s website at the start of the New Week – that’s when things get really scorching, in your 30s and maybe older.

Last year there was a cooling center in Lounge A of the Civic Complex, with access to the patio on the ground floor on the west side of the building.

Spring heatwaves are not uncommon in these regions. In fact, it got scorching at the end of May 2020, peaking at 34C in the Cornwall, Seaway Valley and Ottawa area, making it the hottest May 27 on record.


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A week after the start of July last summer, the heat grew even more oppressive, for an extended period, reaching a scorching 36 ° C on July 9 – the highest temperature on record here for that date .

Humidex was even worse, hitting lows of 40, creating brutal working conditions outdoors, including for Spooner Paving employees.

“It was the hottest week I can remember,” said Jack Spooner, working at a site in Cornwall with his brother Mike, at the Standard-Freeholder at the time.

This heat wave in early June is not just a local phenomenon, it is spreading over a large part of the continent. In Manitoba on Thursday, Environment and Climate Change Canada said warm conditions across the southern part of the province would turn to extreme heat over several days.

The province said municipalities would be allowed to temporarily turn libraries, community centers and other public facilities into cooling centers for vulnerable people.

Enjoying the late spring heatwave with perhaps an alfresco meal on a restaurant patio is still not an option though – the backyard will have to do the trick.

But, in a press release from Cornwall Economic Development this week, it was noted that once again the town is urging restaurants, cafes, bars and brewery owners to temporarily extend their outdoor terraces to accommodate in safety for customers and staff.

The advisory acknowledged that while outdoor dining is currently not allowed under lockdown and stay-at-home restrictions, the city hopes to process all requests now so these temporary patios can open once orders are placed. lifted.


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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will allow licensed establishments to create a temporary patio adjacent to their premises or to increase the size of their patio. As was the case in 2020, the AGCO will not require companies to request or pay fees for temporary extensions, but licensed establishments must ensure they have municipal approval and comply with all others. applicable requirements.

“We had great success with the temporary patio program last summer and look forward to offering the same support to restaurants and bars this year,” said Mark Boileau, General Manager of Planning, Development and city ​​recreation, in the press release.

To further support local establishments, Cornwall will again remove the temporary patio application fee in 2021.

“The most recent lockdown has been particularly difficult for restaurants and bars hoping to take advantage of the warmer weather (later in 2021),” Boileau said.

Those wishing to apply for the creation or expansion of a patio should contact Kat Rendek, Project Coordinator for the City of Cornwall, by phone at 613-930-2787 ext. 2322 or by email at [email protected]

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