Four things you need to know about Thursday
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:58 AM - Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead?
Here's your weather briefing for Thursday, June 26.
1. Flooding rains halt traffic in the Greater Toronto Area
Over 70 mm of rain in just three hours. That was enough to bring traffic to a halt in parts of the GTA on Wednesday night.
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The Don Valley Parkway was shut down for several hours and GO Transit was forced to cancel several trains due to damage from the overnight storms.
Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms on Tuesday sparked southern Ontario's fifth and sixth tornadoes of the 2014 season, according to Environment Canada.
The fifth tornado, which was confirmed Tuesday evening, was rated as an EF-1 with maximum winds between 135 and 175 km/h. It occurred in the New Tecumseth area, east of Tottenham.
On Wednesday evening, EC confirmed the province's sixth tornado. The EF-1 twister touched down at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Laurel Station area, northwest of Orangeville.
2. Another day, another thunderstorm for the Prairies
Unstable conditions continue to dominate parts of the Prairies with isolated severe storms possible Thursday.
The severe weather risk has pushed further east with storms possible along the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border.
The greatest threats with these storms will be gusty winds and hail.
3. Rainfall warnings continue in New Brunswick
Upwards of 20 mm of rain has fallen in parts of the Maritimes so far with an additional 20-40 mm expected through Friday.
"A low pressure system approaching from the New England area is forecast to move eastward today to lie east of Nova Scotia by Friday morning," says Environment Canada in a rainfall warning issued for New Brunswick. "Rain, heavy at times, is expected today over southern New Brunswick as the low approaches."
Total rainfall amounts of near 40 to 50 mm can be expected with the possibility of higher amounts locally.
4. WEEKEND WEATHER:
Whether it's a long weekend, the start to summer holidays, or just a typical July weekend, all eyes are on the forecast.
Here's Dr. Doug Gillham with an in-depth look at the weekend weather across the country.