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Four things to know about Saturday, August 9

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Rodrigo Cokting
Staff writer

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 7:32 AM - Wondering what you missed while you were sleeping or what you can expect this weekend?

Here's your weather briefing for Saturday, August 9.

1. Severe storms fire up in the Prairies

It was another active night in western Canada. Thunderstorm warnings and watches flared up in different parts of Alberta. Reports of hail and strong winds were widespread across the province.

Tornado watches were also issued in Saskatchewan when weather radar spotted two thunderstorms potentially producing tornadoes. One was just was outside of Eston and the other near Gull Lake. However, there has been no official confirmation just yet.

As to what comes next? Well, it's looking like a much better day for everyone west of Regina. Warm and dry conditions are expected throughout the weekend. But those living toward the east might have to be careful.

"People living between Regina and Thunder Bay will have to keep an eye to the sky today and tomorrow for severe thunderstorms along a strong cold front in the area," said Brian Dillon, meteorologist at The Weather Network. "These thunderstorms will contain heavy rain, dangerous lightning small hail and gusty winds."

2. Overnight showers drench Atlantic Canada

Parts of Atlantic Canada were soaked after a low pressure system moved into the area. Environment Canada issued a statement warning that some places could expect an addition 20 to 30 millimeters of rainfall overnight.


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"Heavy rain continued to fall over Newfoundland on Friday night and Saturday morning where some areas picked up to 100 to 150 millimeters since Thursday," Dillon said. "Rainfall will continue through today. Some areas will receive an additional 30 to 50 millimeters."

3. Perfect summer weekend for southern Ontario

A high pressure system is dominating the region during the weekend, making it the perfect time to get out and enjoy the summer.


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"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."

The chance of rain returns to the province on Monday for the Nickel Belt and Tuesday for the GTA.

4. Wildfires continue to burn in B.C.

A series of wildfires have been active in British Columbia. Ontario and Quebec are now joining the effort to battle the flames by sending more crews to help out.

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