Rain persists across Ontario, widespread scattered thunderstorms expected again Tuesday
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:32 AM -
After sunny skies, summer-like temperatures and calm conditions for the Mother's Day weekend, southern Ontarians can expect an unsettled weather pattern for much of this week.
A series of low pressure systems are impacting the province, starting on Monday when heavy rain and severe thunderstorms were reported.
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The first tornado watch of the year was issued for the Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent area Monday night as Environment Canada warned of possible "tornado conditions."
"Severe weather watchers have reported rotating wall clouds and possible funnel clouds associated with some of the thunderstorms passing through the area in the past hour," the watch read.
The watch was in place for about an hour, dropping at around 8 pm as the dangerous storm threat dissipated.
Wall cloud, rotating west of Essex now pic.twitter.com/vFIAB90wQF— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) May 12, 2014
"Widespread scattered thunderstorms are expected again today, first along the warm front (this morning), then again ahead and along the cold front (afternoon/evening)," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler.
As the first low tracks into northern Quebec on Wednesday, another low will develop on the trailing cold front.
"Another round of moisture will then move into southern Ontario and Quebec late Wednesday into Thursday, along a sharp frontal boundary," adds Ressler. "The rain should move east (out of the GTA) by Friday, with cooler but drier conditions on tap for the long weekend."
A daytime high of 14°C is forecast in the city of Toronto on Friday and Saturday.
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Anxious for the long weekend weather forecast? Dr. Doug Gillham has a detailed outlook here.