Earlier today, Toronto broke a 73-year temperature record.
And following this, Environment Canada says conditions are now favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
According to the weather agency, severe thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and end this evening. These thunderstorms will be generated in the warm, humid airmass ahead of a cold front.
This front will cross the regions tonight.
Environment Canada is reminding the public that strong gusts of wind can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles, in addition to severe thunderstorms being capable of producing tornadoes.
“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors,” reads the weather alert.
Environment Canada says 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, and/or torrential rainfall.