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Thompson says this is due to the “unprecedentedly hot and dry summer,” Simcoe County is already experiencing.

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According to a risk assessment study conducted by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, this is exactly what is expected to happen this summer. The study shows temperatures in the area are predicted to increase through the day and night.

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