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Morning Briefing: Four things to know about Saturday

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:45 PM - Day one of the last summer long weekend is upon us. 

In most parts of Canada it will, in fact, feel like the right season, complete with potentially severe summer storms.

Here's your coast-to-coast look ahead.

Atlantic Canada

Newfoundland saw cool temperatures and strong winds on Friday, courtesy of Tropical Storm Cristobal as it passed east of the island.

Region-wise, it's calmer and more pleasant, but rain moves in on Sunday.

The rain will fall heaviest on northern New Brunswick and western Newfoundland, and will push into the rest of the Maritimes by Monday.


The cooler temperatures of the latter half of the past week will be a thing of the past on Saturday in southern Ontario, with heat and humidity in store.

But it will be a rainy one in the Nickel Belt, where rainfall warnings and a special weather statement were in effect Saturday morning as rain continued through the overnight.

Some parts of the region could see 30-50 mm over the course of Saturday, stretching eastward into Quebec.

The humidity will fuel thunderstorms in the region, along with southwestern Ontario, including cottage country and the Greater Toronto Area.

At present, there are no watches or warnings in place, although there is a chance some isolated storms may be severe.

In the GTA, the storm potential lasts through the overnight and until Sunday morning.

That day, thunderstorm risk will be more widespread, thanks to that humidity that will persist the whole weekend.


It was a cooler day across the Prairies Friday, with a few storms popping up in southeastern Manitoba and the foothills of Alberta.

Saturday's looking generally pleasant, although there will be some storm potential in the foothills, along with eastern Saskatchewan.

British Columbia

More non-severe thunderstorms in the B.C. Interior on Friday, mostly in the Kamloops and Kelowna area, the northern coast saw the beginning of a rainy weekend.

In fact, it's an unsettled weekend ahead for much of the province, with the bulk of the rain expected to fall along the central and northern coasts.

Those regions could seem additional rainfall totals of 60 mm by the end of Sunday.

With files from Brett Soderholm.

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