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Four things you need to know about Wednesday

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 7:34 AM - Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead? 

Here's your weather briefing for Wednesday, June 25. 

1. Environment Canada confirms Ontario's fifth tornado of the season

"A cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms developed Tuesday afternoon ahead of a cold front," said EC in the weather summary. "A tornado has been confirmed from this event. It occurred in the New Tecumseth area east of Tottenham around 3:30 pm."


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The tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds between 135 and 175 km/h.

Tuesday's tornado struck exactly one week after an EF-2 tornado ripped through the small town of Angus where more than 100 homes were damaged and three people were injured.

In fact, all five of the tornadoes confirmed in Ontario this year have occurred on a Tuesday.

2. Thunderstorm risk for the Prairies

Unstable conditions continue to dominate parts of the Prairies with isolated severe storms possible Wednesday.

"There's a slight risk of severe thunderstorms over eastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan later Wednesday as stronger shear and deeper instability lead to more organized thunderstorm activity along and ahead of a trough of low pressure pushing along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border by evening," said Environment Canada in a weather discussion.

Hail and strong winds are the greatest threats with these storms.

3. Rainfall warnings issued in New Brunswick

A warm front pushing through New Brunswick Wednesday is bringing heavy rain to parts of the province.

Upwards of 50 mm of rain are forecast in the hardest hit areas with the heaviest rainfall expected during the day Thursday.

"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads," warns EC.

4. May 2014: Earth's hottest May in recorded history

According to a climate report released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, May 2014 was the warmest May on record.

"Four of the five warmest Mays on record have occurred in the past five years," NOAA wrote in its report.

Last month beat out the previous record high for May set in 2010. It also marked the 351st consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th-century average.

Check out more from the report here.

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