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Calm and cool in southern Ontario


Lyndsay Morrison and Andrea Stockton, staff writers

October 29, 2010 — Winds have eased throughout Ontario, but cool and seasonal temperatures are expected for your Hallowe'en weekend.

Peak wind gusts reached in Ontario Thursday
Peak wind gusts reached in Ontario Thursday

The remnants of a deep low pressure system continued to bring powerful winds to Ontario Thursday.

In Toronto, winds gust over 60 km/h, and Long Point saw gusts clock in at 91 km/h during the afternoon hours. While it was another breezy day, it didn't quite top the strength the region felt on Wednesday.

In northern Ontario, a wind gust of 100 km/h was recorded in the city of Sudbury. The winds were strong enough to bring down power-lines and knock over hydro poles. At the height of the storm, around 50,000 customers were affected.

The winds and wave were impressive in Sauble beach as well. ENG camera operator Mark Rozitas was there, and he told The Weather Network that he “couldn't open the door of the truck into the wind, can hardly stand on the beach, it's warm but rough... waves are huge.” Rozitas also added, “this sand does not taste good.”

Although the system has loosened its grip on the province, temperatures have cooled down significantly.

“Earlier this week, temperatures were sitting around 20°C, but as the winds changed from westerly to northwesterly, it helped to cool temperatures quite a bit,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “Now a weak disturbance is moving into southern Ontario on Saturday and could bring some showery conditions. And while Hallowe'en Sunday will be dry, it will certainly be cool,” says Cassar.

Temperatures will remain in the single digits, so be sure to dress for the weather.

Strong winds toppled over a transport truck in Chatham on Tuesday
Strong winds toppled over a transport truck in Chatham on Tuesday

This week's howling winds are thanks to the weather bomb that has been spinning over the central part of the country since early this week.

“Basically, anyone from Saskatoon east to Halifax, Churchill south to the Gulf of Mexico has been feeling the effects of this storm,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba were blanketed with heavy snow, making for travel nightmares on the roadways. Meanwhile, south of the border the massive storm system has been triggering tornadoes in parts of the United States, similar to the twisters that tore across Texas on Sunday.

The system began to move into Ontario on Tuesday, bringing a mix of conditions to different areas. Environment Canada issued a tornado watch for Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent around the noon hour. No twisters developed, but the gusty winds were strong enough push a transport truck over in Chatham Tuesday afternoon. In northern Ontario, a gust of 113 km/h was recorded in Welcome Island, not far from Thunder Bay. About 10,000 Thunder Bay Hydro customers were without power for at least part of Tuesday.

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast details, click our Ontario Cities Index. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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