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GTA under special weather statement not for rain but for water

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2017

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto and the GTA with rain expected to hit the region on Tuesday night.

The national weather agency says the statement is not for the amount of rainfall – which is expected to be between 15 to 25 millimetres – but for the ground not being able to absorb the water.

“Although rainfall amounts are not expected to be overly significant, the ground has a reduced ability to absorb further rainfall due to recent rains and snowmelt,” the statement reads.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority says the recent melting snow, coupled with the rainfall, will create higher-than-normal water levels in rivers and streams. There will also be slippery and unstable banks.

People are being warned to be cautious around all bodies of water and avoid driving through ponds of water.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor says the rain will start after 7 p.m. on Tuesday and continue into Wednesday morning. There is also a chance of thunderstorms.

And yet another potentially record-breaking temperature day is in store for the first day of March on Wednesday. The high of 14 C is set to break the record high of 13.2 C set on March 1, 2000.

The recent wave of mild weather has shattered temperature records across the GTA. Last Thursday, the temperature not only broke the record high for the day, but it was also the warmest February day on record.

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