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Thunderstorm risk pushes into southern Ontario Monday, flood watch continues in the north

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Monday, June 16, 2014, 9:56 AM - After enjoying a warm, sunny and dry Father's Day Sunday, rain and thunderstorms are forecast across southern Ontario Monday.

For some, the rain started early Monday morning impacting the rush hour commute.

"Tread carefully," tweeted The Weather Network's Kevin Yarde who was traveling on the Highway 400 in Barrie.

The rain and storm threat is a result of a cold front that's attached to a system that's been bringing heavy, flooding rains to much of northern Ontario.

That cold front will help to spark some pop-up showers and non-severe thunderstorms through the morning and afternoon hours in southern Ontario.

Ahead of this cold front, much of southern Ontario will see humidex values in the low to mid-30's. That heat and humidity will hang on for much of this week.


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FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO, HEAVY RAIN BEGINS TO EASE

As parts of the south begin to deal with rain showers, heavy rains in northern Ontario are gradually beginning to ease.

Upwards of 50 mm of rain was recorded in some areas through the weekend, resulting in flooded streets and local states of emergency.

The flood watch continues in Fort Frances, Couchiching and Rainy River where according to the Lake of Woods Control Board, is at its highest level since 1950.

Volunteers have been helping to fill sand bags around flood prone homes.

The Lake of the Woods Control Board is holding an open house in Kenora on Tuesday to provide residents with more information on the flood situation.

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