Thursday was the coolest day yet this week, though marred with showers and thunderstorms in the southwest and GTA – including a brief tornado warning for the Windsor area that was soon dropped. Take a look at what's beyond, below.
THURSDAY: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS FOR WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAIN, TEMPERATURES TUMBLE
Wednesday felt very different from Tuesday; markedly cooler, and gloomy beneath cloudy skies. As well, severe thunderstorms made a few appearances, beginning with a few early-morning cracklers, and then some longer-lived storms in the afternoon and early evening. Some of those storms were so laden with moisture, they triggered rainfall warnings from Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Thursday will continue to be chilly, with temperatures remaining in the teens from cottage country to eastern Ontario, stretching into most of southern Quebec as well. Not especially ideal for those vacationing on this popular holiday week.
Similar to Wednesday, there will be more showers and thunderstorms across the region, as the surface low tracks through the Great Lakes, with rain chances lingering into the evening and overnight hours.
Widespread special weather statements are in effect, warning of 30-50 mm of rain, with isolated amounts exceeding 50 mm in areas that see thunderstorms.
That will be worrisome news to people to people in the southwest who already experienced prolonged and torrential downpours Wednesday night: with the ground saturated, the runoff may result in localized flooding.
FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND: GRADUALLY DRYING OUT WITH RETURN TO SUN FOR SATURDAY
Showers and thunderstorms will linger through much of Friday across eastern Ontario and southern Quebec, but it will be partly sunny with just a low risk for a shower in southern Ontario. Daytime highs will also remain a few degrees cooler than normal.
Most of southern Ontario can expect abundant sunshine and pleasant conditions for the start of the week on Saturday. Another pleasant day is also expected on Sunday, though with a risk for the next system to push a bit further north, which would bring a threat for rain and thunderstorms for parts of the day.
The threat for thunderstorms will return next week, accompanied by near seasonal temperatures.
Be sure to check for the latest updates on the weather in your area.