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Storms take aim at Ontario

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1:54 PM -

People across Ontario have been soaking up the sun this Saturday, but there may be dark clouds on the horizon.

The risk begins in the northwest, where severe thunderstorm watches were issued in the late morning ahead of a front that could produce thunderstorms and showers.

"These thunderstorms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts," Environment Canada says in a statement. "Warnings may be issued if required."

Any storms that fire up will be in the afternoon, but by the evening, people in the Nickel Belt and cottage country will be affected, and storms will begin to affect the Windsor - Sarnia area by the overnight.

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By the morning, there will be a chance of storms and showers in the Greater Toronto Area, with a risk of severe thunderstorms from Windsor to Ottawa and beyond as it moves through the province during the day.

As for the long term, a big pattern change is coming, that will result in below-seasonal temperatures for Ontario early in the week, while at the same time driving up temperatures to sweltering levels in the western provinces.

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