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Cool, wet conditions in Ontario

Thunderstorm risk for Friday
Thunderstorm risk for Friday

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 3, 2010 — A cold front is sweeping through the region, bringing rain and cooler temperatures just in time for the long weekend.

Don't be surprised if you see storm clouds this afternoon
Don't be surprised if you see storm clouds this afternoon

Out with the hot and in with the cool. Heading into the long weekend, you might need a jacket instead of a bathing suit as a cold front sweeps southern Ontario.

“Behind the cold front, there will be strong northwesterly winds with scattered lake effect rain showers and cooler temperatures,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “For many places, it'll barely make it to 20°C.”

The system approached Windsor early Friday morning and marched across the Lower Great Lakes throughout the day.

Many places saw gusty winds between 60 and 70 km/h and heavy showers producing about 15 mm of rain.

Saturday will be chilly for the beach
Saturday will be chilly for the beach

On Friday afternoon, severe thunderstorm watches were in place for several southern Ontario cities, and Toronto saw a short, but heavy drenching.

Northern Ontario also saw unsettled conditions. A low pressure system brought 30 to 70 mm of rain to some cities.

The chilly conditions are a complete turnaround from this week's heat, when temperatures in Toronto soared above 30 degrees for three consecutive days.

Those heading to cottage country in the cooler, wetter conditions are advised to drive cautiously as the rain could reduce road visibility. And look out for OPP patrols checking speed and seat belts.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Nicole Kallmeyer

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