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Toronto just had its rainiest July day in over half a decade

Wednesday, July 17th 2019, 3:47 pm - It wasn't the rainiest day ever, but it definitely moved the needle.

With the air soaked with moisture from ex-Hurricane Barry, Wednesday morning featured at-times epic downpours for parts of southwestern Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area.

The result was flash flooding, forcing the closure of several roadways. One ramp to the 401 in Islington was so thoroughly deluged that several cars were stranded.

It shouldn't surprise anyone to know that it was the rainiest July day in more than half a decade, according to Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.

"Rain gauges at Pearson International Airport got quite the workout, where over 60 mm were recorded through the worst downpours on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.," Hamilton says. "Not since the infamous floods of July 8th, 2013, which dumped over 120 mm at the airport have we received such a drenching in July."

Watch the video above for more analysis from Hamilton.

WATCH BELOW: HIGHWAY 401 OFF-RAMP BLOCKED DUE TO MAJOR FLOODING IN TORONTO

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