There's a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Toronto this afternoon

Jun 19 2017, 1:06 am

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto this afternoon and into the early evening with much of southern Ontario expected to be affected.

As of 2 pm, it’s 29.7°C at Pearson airport with a humidex valuation of 37°C.

Environment Canada’s forecast for this afternoon is as follows:

Becoming cloudy this afternoon with showers and thunderstorms. Risk of a severe thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 30 except 23 near Lake Ontario. Humidex 38. UV index 8 or very high.

The Weather Network is currently forecasting a 90% chance of precipitation with up to 5 mm of rain expected to fall this afternoon in Toronto.

Currently, the sun is shining in downtown Toronto, but keep your eye on the sky if you’re heading out later this evening.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Toronto

Numerous thunderstorms are expected to affect much of southern Ontario this afternoon and early evening. Damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours giving rainfall amounts in excess of 50 mm are the main threats.

Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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