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The first tornado watch was issued in southwestern Ontario Monday night. Severe thunderstorms are expected to persist through Tuesday, followed by unsettled for much of the week.

Severe thunderstorm potential in Ontario Tuesday evening

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 4:03 PM -

Severe storms prompted the first tornado watch of the year in Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent regions Monday night as Environment Canada warned of possible "tornado conditions."

That trend is expected to continue Tuesday evening, with Environment Canada issuing another round of statements.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are in place for several communities.

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According to the weather agency, severe thunderstorm conditions are possible between Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Residents in warned areas are being told to prepare for the potential for strong wind gusts, heavy rain and hail.

"Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather," EC warns in a Tuesday afternoon statement.

Thunderstorm potential will be widespread across Ontario on Tuesday.

As a 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," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina 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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