Lingering instability brings rain, storms to Atlantic Canada
Monday, August 8, 2016, 9:23 AM - Parts of Atlantic Canada will see some lingering instability after heavy rain and severe thunderstorms hit the region on Sunday.
A tornado watch was issued just after 6 p.m. local time for Sydney, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton County as indication from doppler radar suggested a severe storm located about 5 km east of Irish Cove was producing rotation.
"Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes," the watch said.
The watch was dropped around 6:20 p.m. ADT, but heavy rain continued to impact Newfoundland prompting warnings over the eastern Avalon Peninsula.
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"St. John's picked up over 50 mm of rain, while Cape Race (southern tip of the Avalon) received nearly 90 mm," says Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern. "Labrador also saw impressive amounts through the weekend with L'Anse au Loup picking up 93 mm."
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A trough crossing Newfoundland will bring some scattered showers and thunderstorms on Monday as high pressure builds into the Maritimes.
Much of the region will see generally fair and seasonal conditions through the week as the heat begins to build on Wednesday and Thursday.
"There's a chance for showers to return across the Atlantic by Thursday," Wenckstern says.