Toronto weather: ‘Toonie-sized hail’, risk of tornadoes in parts of Ontario

Strong thunderstorms moved across southern Ontario on Wednesday, prompting several weather advisories, including tornado warnings, to be issued throughout the day.

Environment Canada meteorologists tracked thunderstorms north of the Greater Toronto Area that were possibly capable of producing tornadoes.

The warnings, which covered areas such as Newmarket, Georgina, in the northern York region, alerted residents to a “dangerous and life-threatening situation”.

According to the national meteorological agency, “damaging winds, large hail and locally heavy rain” are also possible. The warnings disappeared in about half an hour.

Elsewhere, a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for most of the day for Toronto and other parts of the province.

The alert was also issued throughout the GTA and areas further north, including Barrie and rural areas. At 10:30 p.m., weather alerts for Toronto were lifted, but some areas in York and Durham regions remain under a severe thunderstorm watch.

“Conditions are favorable for the development of severe storms that can produce strong gusts of wind, large hail and heavy rain,” the national weather agency said in its latest afternoon advisory.

Environment Canada warned that wind gusts of up to 100 km/h and “snowman-sized hail” are possible, in addition to the risk of a tornado.

“Storms continue tonight, but should slowly weaken as the night progresses. The main threat will be strong winds and hail. However, a tornado is also possible,” the national meteorological agency said.

It will be sunny in Toronto on Wednesday, with a high of 25C.

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