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Heavy rain expected to hit Toronto and GTA

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016


A special weather statement is in effect for Toronto and most of the GTA as heavy rain is expected to soak the region on Tuesday.

Environment Canada says “significant rainfall” will start early in the morning and end late in the afternoon or evening.

“Rainfall amounts are expected to be highly variable,” the national weather agency said in the statement.

Depending on where you live, around 20-40 millimetres of rain is expected to fall before the day is through. Some areas could even see more than 50 millimetres of rain.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said if Toronto gets more than 28 millimetres of rain on Tuesday, it will be the rainiest day of 2016.

Parts of the GTA are also under a rainfall warning, including Newmarket, Georgina, northern York Region, Uxbridge, northern Durham Region, Barrie and Orillia.

Environment Canada says these areas could get between 40-60 millimetres of rain and thunderstorms are also a possibility.

The national weather agency warns heavy rainfall can cause flooding in low-lying areas.

In Toronto, the city will see periods of heavy rain on Tuesday morning with a chance of thunderstorms for mid to late morning, Taylor said.

It will be windy with a high of 26 C but the humidity will make it feel more like 35 C. While the rain is expected to end around 4 p.m., there is a chance of more showers tonight.


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