Thunderstorms rumble through southern Ontario early Monday, risk continues throughout the day
Monday, August 26, 2013, 8:15 -
Forget the alarm clock. Thunderstorms rumbled through parts of southern Ontario early Monday bringing thunder, lightning and heavy rain to some places.
"And the risk for scattered thunderstorms will continue through the afternoon hours," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "There is a slight risk that some of these storms may be severe with heavy downpours as the main threat."
Vaswani adds that there's potential for some large hail and damaging winds as well, but as the evening progresses, the risk will diminish.
Some areas near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay received significant amounts of rainfall on Sunday with another 20-30 mm possible on Monday.
That prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement for areas including Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Grey Bruce.
While several residents were hoping for a dry end to August, the rain is actually being welcomed in some communities.
On Friday, the City of Toronto encouraged people to water gardens and young trees after an extremely dry past three weeks.
"Toronto's gardens and young trees are thirsty," city officials said in their statement, "...and local vegetation is now showing signs of drought."
Quite the contrast after all the rain Toronto received this spring and into July, when 126 mm drenched the city in just hours.