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Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead? Here's your weather briefing for Friday, July 11.

Four things you need to know about Friday, July 11

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    Andrea Bagley
    Digital Reporter

    Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:04 AM - Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead? 

    Here's your weather briefing for Friday, July 11. 

    1. Growing wildfire prompts evacuations

    Hot and dry conditions, a lack of rain and gusty winds have helped to fuel a growing wildfire in northeastern British Columbia.

    Officials say the fire covers 5,000 hectares and is bearing down on two oil and gas workers' camps in the area.

    An evacuation order is in effect, affecting 200 people, officials say.

    The fire burning southeast of Tumbler Ridge was caused by a lightning strike on Sunday.

    2. Thunderstorm risk in southeastern Manitoba/northwestern Ontario

    So far, 21 tornadoes have been reported across the country this year with the yearly average being closer to 62.

    According to Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese, it looks like many Canadians across the central portion of the country will be getting into an unsettled and active pattern throughout the next few weeks.

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    There's a chance for thunderstorms across southeastern Manitoba on Friday, with a severe threat across northwestern Ontario.

    3. Waterspouts over Lake Erie

    Several reports of funnel clouds and waterspouts over Lake Erie Thursday morning prompted Environment Canada to issue a watch for the area.

    It remained in effect until noon.

    Waterspouts are considered to be weak tornadoes over water and they're normally seen in the early fall.

    "As the cooler air passes over the warm lakes, it provides the perfect environment for waterspouts to kick up," explains Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

    Although most waterspouts tend to stay over water, they do have the potential to come onshore. It's best to keep a safe distance if you see one develop.

    4. Feeling like FALL in parts of the country next week

    While much of western Canada enjoys hot and humid conditions next week, a more fall-like pattern is expected for parts of central and eastern Canada.

    "The approaching cold front will bring occasional showers and thunderstorms to Ontario Monday and Tuesday and temperatures will be well below seasonal for Tuesday through Thursday," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. "High temperatures in the GTA will be near 20ºC while highs in cottage country will only be in the upper teens."

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