The first full day of Fall was a washout in parts of Ontario.
A low pressure system from the United States swept over the northern and central parts of the province on Thursday, giving some communities a decent drenching.
“As of 2 p.m. ET, Salut Ste Marie had seen 83.6 mm, while Sudbury and North Bay saw amounts closer to 50 mm,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “The area with the most impressive totals is Elliot Lake with over 91 mm of rain recorded.”
Officials have warned residents of flooding in low lying areas. They were advised to take precautions by removing valuables from basements where water could seep in.
The good news is, it's starting to slow down. “The heaviest rains tapered late Friday afternoon and now most places will see showers through Saturday,” explains Cassar.
Anyone living in southwestern Ontario or the Greater Toronto Area dodged the worst of this system, but there is still the potential for some light showers.
“A cold front will sweep across the southern part of the province today, bringing some showers in the evening hours,” explains The Weather Network's meteorologist Brian Dillon. “However, the bigger story has been the winds. Some places have seen gusts up to 72 km/h.”
Earlier this week, a string of intense thunderstorms rocked southern Ontario. Damaging winds brought down power-lines and hydro poles, knocking about 36,000 customers off the grid. A hydro worker died near Port Elgin, along the shores of Lake Huron, shortly before midnight Tuesday.
In addition to tonight's wet and windy weather, people in southern Ontario can also expect a cool-down heading into the weekend.
“Today will be hot and humid, with Toronto expected reach a daytime high of 29°C but feel like 35 with the humidity,” says Dillon. “For Saturday, however, winds will shift from the south to the north, and temperatures will plunge. We're only looking at a daytime high of 16°C on Saturday.”
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With files from Andrea Stockton