UPDATE: The Heat Is On For Father’s Day Weekend

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It will feel like summer in southwestern Ontario this weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent as temperatures are expected to rise.

The weather agency is keeping an eye on a hot-air mass working its way toward the region from the southern United States. This will push temperatures and humidity up and create the first heat wave of the season.

Meteorologist Gerald Cheng tells BlackburnNews.com it has been a while since we’ve felt this kind of heat.

“We are looking at very intense heat for the weekend, and we haven’t had that very often so far this season, but now it’s coming,” says Cheng.

Cheng says the heat will crank up on Saturday, with a forecast high of 31 C and a humidex of 38 C, or 100 F. The weather will stick around for Father’s Day on Sunday, then Monday before a cool-down begins.

Environment Canada says it’s not immediately clear if any records are in jeopardy. The record in Windsor for Saturday is 35.6 C in 1952, and 34.1 C on Sunday.

The instability of the air means there is also the potential for showers and thunderstorms all weekend, according to Cheng, and the ultraviolet rating will also be high so people should take precautions if they go out.

“When we are approaching the summer solstice, that’s when the sun rays are the strongest,” says Cheng. “When you’re outside, just be prepared to have sunscreen on and stay in the shade, because you’ll get sunburned if you stay outside too long.”

Keep following BlackburnNews.com all weekend for potential weather updates.