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Four things you need to know about Monday, July 7

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 7, 2014, 7:01 AM - Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead? 

Here's your weather briefing for Monday, July 7. 

1. Thunderstorms rumble through southern Ontario

Forget the alarm clock. Thunderstorms that roared through southern Ontario early Monday woke several residents right from their sleep.


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Most thunderstorm watches and warnings were dropped before 7 am, but frequent lightning, roaring thunder and flooding rains were reported in some places.

"Many areas near and west of the Niagara Escarpment received 15 to 30 mm of rain," said Environment Canada in a weather summary early Monday. "However a few areas, such as much of Waterloo region and parts of Oxford and Lambton counties were really soaked with local rainfall amounts of 40 mm or more."

Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away, adds EC.

"Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes. There isn't a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm."

2. Storm risk continues in Ontario and Quebec

After a round of early morning storms in southern Ontario, conditions should gradually improve through mid-morning.

Despite a clearing period expected, daytime heating could fuel more thunderstorm activity later in the day. It will be a similar story in southern Quebec where "heavy thunderstorms" are likely.

"A vigorous weather system will move into Western Quebec today," says EC in a special weather statement issued early Monday. "Moderate to strong southwest winds will bring lots of humidity over the region. A cold front is expected to sweep across most regions Later today. This front will cause the development of lines of thunderstorms some of which could produce heavy gusts possibly exceeding 80 km/h, small hail and heavy downpours."

3. Arthur aftermath

Clean-up continues after post-tropical storm Arthur slammed Atlantic Canada over the weekend.

Despite losing hurricane status just before hitting the Maritimes, winds over 100 km/h still packed a big punch leaving more than a quarter-of-a-million without power at the height of the storm.


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The New Brunswick government says its offices in the Fredericton-area will be closed today due to continuing power outages and clean-up efforts.

The province's capital was one of the hardest hit areas of the weekend with some residents saying this was the most severe weather they've seen in over 40 years.

"It's like a Tasmanian devil ripping through your backyard," said Fredericton resident Mike Gange in a report from The Associated Press. "It's crazy here ... at times it rains so hard you can't see 10 feet in front of you."

4. Tornado photobombs Saskatchewan couple

Heavy downpours, extremely large hail and multiple tornadoes were reported across parts of the Prairies on Saturday.

Bearing the brunt of the storm was south central and south eastern Saskatchewan, where at least three communities reported tornado touch downs.

The severe weather didn't seem to bring down this Saskatchewan couple that ended up with a funnel cloud in their wedding photos.

"I've dreamed about a day like this!," said the couple's photographer Colleen Niska on her Facebook page. "Could NOT wait to post these! Pretty sure this will only happen once in my lifetime!"

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