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Southern Ontario weekend outlook: Heat, storms and patio weather

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 9, 2014, 3:41 PM - After what seemed like a never ending winter, temperatures are finally on the rise in southern Ontario with daytime highs well into the 20s in some places.

Much of the region saw above-seasonal temperatures on Thursday and that trend continued through Friday, with several places feeling closer to 30 with the humidex.

The weekend is shaping up to be warm and dry in much of southern Ontario -- but first, we have a bit of rain to get through.


FRIDAY'S THUNDERSTORM RISK

With the heat comes a widespread thunderstorm risk on Friday with isolated severe storms expected in some places.


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"A cold front will make its way into southern Ontario Friday evening," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

"We'll see scattered showers continuing through the evening with the potential for isolated severe thunderstorms."

Rain, hail and powerful winds are possible throughout cottage country and areas east of Toronto.

PATIO WEATHER?

"The rain will clear early in the day Saturday," Grinter says.

"The rest of the day will be dry and warm, but not necessarily sunny."

Still, Saturday may be the best day to head outdoors this weekend. In the meantime, you can track active weather in your area with satellite and radar.

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