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Long weekend to feel more like summer

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Dr. Doug Gillham
Meteorologist, PhD

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:19 PM -

Today's weather will still be cooler than what we typically see on the final day of July (normal high is 27), but the warm-up has begun and temperatures this weekend will be close to seasonal. 

Today will bring a mixture of sun and clouds with the threat for a passing shower, but overall today will be drier than yesterday across southern Ontario with much less potential for downpours like what some places saw during Wednesday afternoon. 

Friday will bring a return to highs in the mid 20s and a humidex near 30, so our weather will feel more like summer for the first day of August. Scattered showers and thunderstorms could bring a brief interruption to the day, but most of the day will be rain-free.

This weather pattern will continue into the weekend. The good news is that we will see a lot of sunshine with seasonal temperatures on both Saturday and Sunday. However, we will also continue to have the threat for a passing shower or thunderstorm during the afternoons and evenings.

Monday will be mostly sunny through midday, but a cool front will approach Southern Ontario during the afternoon. This gives us the potential for the development of a more organized line of showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon across cottage country and then tracking towards the GTA late in the day.

This front will be slow to track through Southern Ontario on Tuesday. This will likely bring a period of rain and thunderstorms late Monday night and into the day on Tuesday with the potential for late day clearing, especially towards cottage country.

Temperatures next week will average out just below seasonal, but the air mass behind the front will not be nearly as cool as what we saw this week. So, while there isn’t any truly hot weather in the long range forecast, next week will be warmer than the fall-like weather that we experienced for the past few days.

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