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Strong storms on tap for Atlantic Canada

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:20 PM - Severe storms are brewing for Atlantic Canada on Monday, part of unstable weather likely to last into Tuesday.

Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

"An unstable airmass ahead of an upper area of low pressure could give rise to the development of severe thunderstorms today, giving large hail and torrential rainfall," the agency says. "In addition, cold air aloft combined with the relatively warmer waters of the Northumberland Strait and near western Cape Breton could produce waterspouts this afternoon and evening."


Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton said Monday morning that a surface low, developing from an upper low early in the morning, is expected to linger through the Maritimes over the next 48 hours.


Newfoundland, meanwhile, has rainfall warnings in effect for parts of the island, along with a  special weather statement warning of 20-45 millimetres of rain over much of the island by Tuesday night.

Aside from rainfall, Hamilton says wind gusts up to 60 km/h are possible for Charlottetown and St. John's over the course of Monday.

In the long-term, fairer weather returns Wednesday, which is when the humidity will be making it feel like the lower 30s for Fredericton and Halifax.


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