Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Barrie area

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Barrie area

"Conditions are favourable for the development of unsafe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing torrential rain", Environment Canada said in a special weather statement issued Thursday.

This front combined with the high heat and humidity is expected to generate a few severe thunderstorms this afternoon and into the early evening.

Thursday's thunderstorms are expected to be slow moving, which means some locations could receive up to 25 to 50 mm of rain over a short period of time. There have also been reports of localized wind gusts of around 90 kilometres per hour.

Ahead of the rain, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the City of Toronto and parts of the GTA. The agency warns that fast-moving water across a road could sweep a vehicle away.

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As the thunderstorm develops, intense lightening is likely.

It looks like London's in for one final day of extreme heat before a cold front moves in, Environment Canada says. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

The temperature should approach the all-time record for this date of 35 C (1999) before showers provide some relief. The overnight low will drop to 15 C.

The temperature in Toronto sat at around 31 C as of 5:30 p.m., though it feels more like 39 with the humidex.

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