Active storms loom for Ontario
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 5:46 PM - There were a few storm rumblings on Saturday, but it's Sunday that has meteorologists looking at the skies.
Storms already moved through cottage country and north of the GTA early Sunday morning. Most were non-severe, but there were reports of frequent lightning and estimated rainfall of up to 30 mm per hour, according to radar estimates, with the storms extending east to Peterborough.
"Sunday is a similar pattern, but the chance for more widespread severe is present, although only for extreme southern portions of southern Ontario," Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton said early Sunday.
It's the edge of a large area of North America expected to see some form of severe weather outbreak on Sunday. In the United States, around 50 million people are living within 40 km of a five per cent tornado threat.
In southern Ontario, however, it is not expected to be as severe as that, with a risk of around two per cent in the Niagara and southwestern areas of the province.
There are currently no watches or warnings in place, but that may change as the system gets going, likely in the afternoon and evening.
The most severe storms could come in the late afternoon into the overnight, with a line whose main threats will be lightning and heavy rain.
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Non-severe thunderstorm risk covered much of southern Ontario up to the Nickelbelt and as far east as the Kingston area on Saturday.
Unusual structure with this "storm" near Woodstock. pic.twitter.com/6N6HtzUDfD— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) July 26, 2014
As for next week, Monday is currently looking at some showers and unsettled weather in the morning, with possible clearing in the evening for the Greater Toronto Area.
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