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Cold start to the long weekend

It's been a great week to enjoy the beach
It's been a great week to enjoy the beach

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 3, 2010 — After three days of sweltering temperatures and humidity, the extreme heat alert has ended for Toronto with a cold front tracking over the region.

The cold front will make it feel more like fall
The cold front will make it feel more like fall

September made quite the introduction for Toronto residents.

The city reached heatwave status when temperatures sky-rocketed to 32°C or higher for three consecutive days. This is about 10°C above normal for this time of year and was also the hottest day so far this season. To add further impact to the heat was the raging humidity which made it feel into the 40's.

However, that's all about to change today. Heading into the long weekend, a cold front approached Windsor earlier this morning and will be tracking across southern Ontario throughout the day. A special weather statement has been issued for most of the Lower Great Lakes Region with heavy showers expected to produce around 10 to 20 mm of rain.Thunderstorms may accompany this system and give rise to 30 mm or higher rain totals in a short period of time.

Thunderstorm risk for Friday
Thunderstorm risk for Friday

Additionally, gusty winds of 60 to 70 km/h are possible with the system this afternoon, so hold onto your hats. “Behind the cold front strong northwesterly winds between 40-60 km/h will be affecting the region through Saturday along with scattered lake effect rain showers and cooler temperatures. For Toronto, it'll barely make it to 20°C making it a chilly first day of the long weekend,” concludes Brian Dillon, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

For more on the weather conditions in Toronto, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your regional forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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