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Temperature drop for southern Ontario

Power outages reported at Albion Road in Toronto Friday
Power outages reported at Albion Road in Toronto Friday

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 25, 2010 — After Friday's sky high temperatures, southern Ontario is plummeting back to fall-like weather for the weekend.

Wind gusts expected for Saturday.
Wind gusts expected for Saturday.

What a difference a day makes.

Fall has just begun, but summer-like temperatures were back in full force for much of southern Ontario on Friday. Hopefully you had a chance to take advantage of the heat, because Saturday is going to see a major cool-down.

We had a cold front pass through the region on Friday night, which will drastically drop temperatures by around 15 degress. Additionally, a secondary cold front is going to come through later today, which will further cool down temperatures for Sunday, explains Weather Network meteorologist Patrick Cool.

As well, the winds will also be a factor on Saturday, so hold on to your hats. Wind gusts could peak this afternoon around 50 km/h in some areas, although they won't be as strong as Friday. In fact, the cooler temperatures will make it feel even more blustery.

The wind was a cause for concern on Friday. Powerful gusts that blew through southern Ontario on Friday left several places in the dark. Pockets of power outages were reported across Toronto.

Peak winds of 72 km/h were felt at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

Firefighters at an apartment building in downtown Toronto say the winds hampered their relief efforts as well.

The six alarm blaze broke out around 5 p.m. at Wellesley and Bleecker and continued to grow as strong winds blew embers to a balcony below, sparking another fire.

David Sheen, division Chief with Toronto Fire Services says the warm temperatures also made it very tough for firefighters to stay cool. The humidity in the air coupled with the intensity of the fires posed a risk for heat exhaustion.

If you can, get out and enjoy the fall colours!
If you can, get out and enjoy the fall colours!

Temperatures soared to 30C, but a blast of humid air made it feel more like 37. Previously, the warmest temperature ever recorded on September 24 in Toronto was 27.2C, and that was set back in 1968. Hamilton, Barrie, Orillia and Ottawa were among other cities that wrote a new page in the record book as well.

The winds coming from the south, were what was giving us another round of summer-like conditions, says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement about the unseasonably warm weather that stretched from Windsor to Ottawa and north to Algonquin. This blast of summer, however, was brief. Conditions will cooled off for Saturday.

We're only looking at a daytime high of 16C on Saturday, compared to Friday's 30C, says Dillon.

For more local weather details, click our Toronto City Page. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your local forecast comes up every ten minutes on the tens.

With files from Jill Colton and Lyndsay Morrison

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