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Ontario braces for more rain


Thursday was a wet day to be waiting at the bus stop
Thursday was a wet day to be waiting at the bus stop

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 17, 2010 — It was a wet and cool day across southern Ontario Thursday and more wet weather is on the way.

Another system moves in late day Saturday bringing more rain
Another system moves in late day Saturday bringing more rain

It was a cool, soggy and stormy day for much of southern Ontario Thursday.

For residents in the Toronto area it all began just in time for the morning commute and remained steady for much of the day. By the early evening hours Oakville had recorded over 34 mm of rain.

Meanwhile, places farther south reported dark clouds, gusty winds and small hail throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Heavy rain also accompanied the storm. Nearly 30 mm of rain fell in Windsor.

Temperatures took quite the dip as well. Many places saw daytime highs in the mid-teens, which is well below seasonal for this time of year.

The good news is, the system continued to push east making for a fair and seasonal day Friday. So enjoy the dry conditions while you can. Temperatures will continue to warm up into Saturday, but another system will move in during the evening hours bringing more rain to the region.

Slick conditions on the roads lead to a couple of car accidents Thursday
Slick conditions on the roads lead to a couple of car accidents Thursday

After the recent onset of wet conditions, many residents are wondering if this could be the start of a stormy fall. The Weather Network's meteorologist Patrick Cool says we're calling for average precipitation and temperature for much of the province this fall.

“There's no real strong signals in the atmosphere that are telling us the temperature or precipitation will sway one way or the other,” says Cool. He adds that today was just a typical day we can expect for the upcoming season.

Northwestern Ontario on the other hand could see above average precipitation and temperatures because of the position of the jet stream. With the jet stream riding farther north it's “putting them along the storm track, giving them enhanced precipitation and also allowing some warmer air to move into the region.”

To stay updated on the weather conditions across Ontario, head to our Ontario Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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