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Heavy rain hits southern Ontario

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 2:34 PM -

The first day of school is turning out to be a soggy one in southern Ontario with heavy rain, dark clouds and localized flooding making headlines in some communities.

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Heavy rain started moving into southern portions of the province after the lunch hour, bringing sustained winds of up to 40 km/h to parts of the GTA.

"A band of heavy showers and thunderstorms will move across the Toronto and Hamilton areas  ... About 15 to 20 mm will fall in a short time," Environment Canada warns in a special weather statement.

"Very low visibilities and poor driving conditions can be expected in these downpours. Stay away from creeks and river banks."

Toronto flood management authorities issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, warning residents that rising water levels could create unsafe conditions, however, no significant flooding is expected in the Toronto area at this time.

Temperatures will remain warm and dry for the rest of the week until Thursday night when a cold front makes its way through the area bringing the temperatures down to seasonal or even a few degrees cooler.

For northern Ontario, a trough passing through on Tuesday will being the risk of non-severe scattered thunderstorms as well.

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