Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Toronto on Thursday.
According to the weather agency, “conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain.”
Additionally, it says that severe thunderstorms are possible late this morning and afternoon.
These thunderstorms may be capable of producing very strong wind gusts of 100 km/h, heavy downpours and hail.
“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees, and overturn large vehicles,” reads the statement.
“Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If you hear thunder, then lightning is close enough to be dangerous.”
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued by Environment Canada when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, and torrential rainfall.
A high of 28°C is expected this afternoon in Toronto with a humidex value of 36°C.
The good news is sunshine returns for the next few days.
For now, stay safe out there.