Temps rise, thunderstorm risk increases across Ontario
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 11:09 AM - Forget the alarm clock. Thunderstorms may have been enough to wake up residents in southwestern Ontario Thursday morning.
"Thunderstorms were reported in the region Wednesday night, continuing through the early morning hours on Thursday," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter. "The thunderstorm risk diminished late morning, but will pick up again Thursday night."
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The thunderstorm risk will stretch into cottage country as well with hail and heavy downpours the biggest threats with these storms. Up to 40 mm of rain is forecast in the hardest hit areas through Friday.
"The Greater Toronto Area will be spared from this round, but non-severe thunderstorms may fire up Friday afternoon as a cold front pushes through," Grinter adds.
While non-severe storms are expected in the GTA Friday, the risk for heavy rain, hail and powerful winds persists for cottage country and areas east of Toronto.
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An upside to these storms are the long awaited rise in temperatures with many places expected to feel above seasonal values.
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"Temperatures begin to warm across the region on Thursday, getting even warmer through the day on Friday," Grinter says.
Several places can also expect a humidex value with temperatures feeling closer to 30 Friday afternoon.