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Severe storms in Ontario on Sunday - what's ahead for Monday?

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 1:08 PM -

Severe thunderstorm warnings popped up in northwestern Ontario Sunday, following on from watches that had been in effect for most of the morning.

Environment Canada said meteorologists were tracking severe thunderstorms in the Dryden and Lake Nipigon areas, capable of producing strong wind gusts, heavy rain and hail up to penny-sized.

There is a risk of at least non-severe thunderstorms covering almost all of northern Ontario, with a chance of a few isolated severe storms.

Looking ahead, Weather Network meteorologists are forecasting a chance of thunderstorms in southern Ontario, as the system that brought severe weather to Manitoba and Saskatchewan begins to affect the region.

It starts late Sunday night, as a cold front begins to push into the southwest of the province. Storms that spark up will have reached the GTA by the pre-dawn hours, and Ottawa by the mid morning.

There are no watches or warnings currently in place for this system and the fact it is occurring early in the morning means daytime heating won't have a chance to give the storms more power.

However, there is a chance of isolated severe storms in the London and Ottawa areas.

"The biggest risk will be small hail and strong winds," Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg says.


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