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GTA could receive month’s worth of rain in one week

NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for southern Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, calling for heavy rain starting Thursday.

With high water levels and the ground already saturated with previous rainfall, there is the potential for more flooding.

The national weather agency said between 40 and 70 millimetres of rain could fall in some areas by Sunday.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the rain will start after 3 p.m. on Thursday and will keep falling until Sunday. Around 10-15 millimetres of rain is in the forecast for Thursday.

The bulk of the rain is expected on Friday. At this point, Taylor is predicting 25-30 millimetres of precipitation.

Taylor said the GTA could receive a month’s worth of rain just in the first week of May alone.

Pearson Airport recorded 20.4 millimetres of rain for the first two days of May. The average amount of rain for the entire month is 74.3 millimetres.

Cooler weather will also accompany the rain with temperatures hovering near 6-8 C over the next four days.

“[On] Sunday, over the higher elevations, we could even see some flurries mixing in. So, not only are we in for a wet stretch but a cool stretch as well. Temperatures will stay below average,” she said.

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