A cold front sweeping across Ontario has brought everything from heavy rain and lightning to strong winds and large hail to the region.
“A line of thunderstorms moved through southern Ontario through the afternoon hours on Tuesday and continued to push east through the evening hours,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Parts of southern Quebec have been dealing with stormy conditions as well.”
With the threat of large hail and wind gusts of up to 110 km/h, Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for several areas on Tuesday, including the City of Ottawa. The Ottawa Airport experienced a power outage after frequent lightning hit the area. The airport's back-up generators kicked in right away, but some flights were still delayed as the lightning made it too risky for ground crews to work.
Firefighters in the Ottawa area had their hands full after lightning strikes caused at least four separate house fires. Combined damages from the fires total an estimated $800,000. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Earlier in the day, heavy rains from a thunderstorm caused a sinkhole to open up in Orillia. No homes were affected, but the affected road was expected to remain closed for 24 hours.
The thunderstorms have made way for cooler temperatures on Wednesday, says Dillon. “A strong area of high pressure will move into the region providing relief with drier air. Breezy conditions will persist throughout the day on Wednesday however.”
Conditions will continue to improve as we head towards the Canada Day long weekend and the humidity is expected to build in once again. Find out what the weather will be like in your area this Canada Day.
With files from CFRA 580