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Five things you need to know about Friday, August 8

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:24 AM - Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead? 

Here's your weather briefing for Friday, August 8. 

1. Heavy rain continues to soak Atlantic Canada

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning early Friday as heavy rain develops over Newfoundland.

"Rainfall amounts of 20-30 millimetres are expected, with local amounts up to 60 millimetres possible by Saturday morning," says EC in the warning. "Additional amounts up to 15 millimetres are also expected Saturday in the northeast and central regions."


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Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads, officials warn. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

2. High pressure dominates southern Ontario

"High pressure slides through Ontario for the next few days, with pleasant skies, drier conditions and warmer temperatures forecast," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. "Humidex values will be near 30-32 on Saturday and Sunday."

According to Dillon, the next chance of thunderstorms in the Nickelbelt, southern and eastern Ontario will be on Monday as the next cold front pushes through the area. 

3. Large hail, gustnado hit southern Alberta

Severe thunderstorms swept through parts of Alberta once again Thursday, producing damaging hail and a "gustnado."

"Although Calgary was not directly affected by a thunderstorm, there was a report of a gustnado near Stony Trail and Metis Trail and northeastern Calgary," says Environment Canada in a weather summary.

According to EC, gustnadoes are short-lived, low-level rotation associated with the outflow winds from a thunderstorm.


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Toonie, golf ball and even tennis ball sized hail were also reported near Airdrie Thursday afternoon.

See a collection of photos here.

4. Severe thunderstorm threat continues across the Prairies Friday

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms across parts of the Prairies once again Friday.

Strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain are the greatest threats with these storms.

5. Wildfire smoke advisory for large sections of the B.C. Interior.

More than 300 fires have started across the Northwest Territories so far this season, burning close to three million hectares of land.

The forest fire smoke has been creating a major health risk, including across B.C.'s Interior where wildfire smoke advisories have been issued.

"Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds and fire behaviour change," the statement reads.


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