It’s about to get nasty in Toronto.
Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Wednesday afternoon, saying meteorologists are tracking a severe storm capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain.
“At 3:06 PM, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain. The thunderstorm is west of downtown Toronto but east of Mississagua and may give 50 to 70 millimetres of rain over the next hour,” said the warning.
“Wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour are likely on the west side of Toronto. There is also the risk of a tornado with this severe thunderstorm over the next hour.”
Environment Canada warns to take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
“If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Go indoors and move away from windows and skylights. Avoid driving through water on roads.”
The heat warning remains in effect as of Wednesday afternoon.
“A slightly cooler airmass may move into the area this weekend, however there is considerable uncertainty and the conditions may persist for a few areas into Saturday,” said the weather agency.