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Showers in southern Ontario


Additional rainfall expected.
Additional rainfall expected.

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 6, 2010 — It's been a soggy week in southern Ontario, thanks to an upper level low. More showers are possible today, but conditions are clearing for the weekend.

Keep that umbrella handy today
Keep that umbrella handy today

Grey, dreary and wet: that's the best way to describe the weather in southern Ontario so far this week.

An upper level low has been spinning in the United States, bringing on and off rain north of the border over the last couple of days.

“It wasn't moving anywhere fast because an area of high pressure to the north was blocking it,” explains Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “That's why this system has been a story for us over the last couple of days.”

On Tuesday, some impressive amounts of rain fell in the Greater Toronto Area. 20.8 mm of rain was recorded at Buttonville Airport near Markham, 21.4 mm fell in Oshawa, and 14.6 mm was reported in Hamilton.

Today, more on and off showers are forecast in southwestern Ontario and the GTA, but the bulk of the system will make its way into the Ottawa and Montreal regions. Heavy rain is also forecast in Atlantic Canada.

Sunny, dry weather is in store for the weekend
Sunny, dry weather is in store for the weekend

We hit the streets of the GTA to find out how people are enjoying the fall season so far.

“It's kind of bittersweet, isn't it?” said one woman. “It's wonderful being Canadian to enjoy the changing of the seasons, but on the other hand it means closing the cottage for another year, and another season gone!”

“I don't mind it,” said another male resident. “It's fall! I just don't like so much rain. But it's better than the snow!”

Although it's been a wet few days, there have been some warm temperatures to fall back on. Ottawa spiked to 20.2°C, and Fort Frances was the hot spot for the province on Tuesday, with a summer-like high of 25.4°C

There may have been on and off showers earlier in the week, but things are looking promising for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

“If you're in Ontario, you can expect a few days of sunshine, dry conditions and temperatures slightly above seasonal,” says Mark Robinson, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “There is the potential for some showers on Monday, but otherwise it should be a fair weekend.”

If you're planning on travelling across the province this upcoming weekend, make sure you check out the fall foliage. Colours have peaked in many parts of Ontario.

You can find your weather details in your area for this upcoming weekend by clicking our Thanksgiving Day Forecast.

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