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Morning briefing: Four things to know about Sunday, July 20

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 7:53 AM -

It was a very active night in the Prairie provinces, with tornado warnings issued in Alberta.

For Sunday, more rain and storm risk in parts of Canada, while Canadians experiencing below-seasonal temperatures can expect a warm up to start soon.

Here's a coast-to-coast roundup.

Atlantic Canada

The East Coast is in for the rosiest weather in Canada today, after a Saturday that was toasty and sunny.

High pressure is still in place for the region, bringing more warmth, along with sun and cloud. 

"It'll be feeling like the low 30s this afternoon through the Maritimes," Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg said early Sunday morning.

As for precipitation, there's an offshore low that will skirt past Nova Scotia on Monday, bringing a slight risk of isolated showers along the eastern shores.


Ontario saw showers throughout the day in the south Saturday, and there's a little more left to fall Sunday.

"Isolated showers will linger through the day today with the slight risk for some non-severe thunderstorms this afternoon for southern Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area," Sonnenburg says.

Temperatures across the GTA weren't much above 20oC on Saturday, but temperatures and humidity will be climbing into the beginning of next week, feeling like the mid-to-high 30s by Wednesday.

Monday and Tuesday are looking to be warm and fair, but Sonnenburg says Wednesday will see some thunderstorm risk from a passing system.

On Sunday, however, Northwestern Ontario could see the most risk of severe weather in the country, including the Thunder Bay area.

The system that is bringing those storms could bring up to 20 mm of rain in the areas most at risk for severe storms.

People in the region should be on alert: Although no watches or warnings have been issued yet, Weather Network meteorologists say there's a risk of a tornado in those areas.

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Alberta saw a tornado scare on Saturday night, with tornado warnings issued, including one for the area near Red Deer.

There have been no reports of any tornado touchdowns, but the storms were very severe.

"The isolated supercell storms produced large hail, heavy rain and strong winds," Sonnenburg says.

Sunday is another day for storm risk, although non-severe, in Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Temperature-wise, it's expected to be cooler in Alberta, but warm in southern Manitoba.

British Columbia

B.C., meanwhile, is still struggling with major wildfires, which in the north have scorched tens of thousands of hectares.

Southern B.C. has also seen wildfires, but although they have been comparitively smaller, they have sparked evacuation orders in some communities, with around 2,500 people in West Kelowna forced to leave their homes.

Slightly cooler temperatures should help fire suppression efforts somewhat Sunday, although there is also a risk of isolated thunderstorms through the interior today.

There will also be scattered showers for the coast Sunday, including Vancouver. The city will see sun and cloud on Tuesday and Wednesday before receiving more rain on Wednesday.

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