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Toronto hit with heavy rain on Friday

Toronto, like many regions in southern Ontario, was hit with heavy rain on Friday – up to 20 millimetres fell on some parts of the province.

The eastern side of the province, including Kingston, Ottawa and the St. Lawrence valleys, were coping with  freezing rain.

Toronto’s high for Friday, 8 C,  is unseasonably warm. The average high on Jan. 11 is -2 C, while the average low is -10 C, according to Environment Canada.  The highest temperature ever recorded was 11.7 C back in 1975.

Friday’s weather isn’t specific to Toronto; it felt more like April than January in many parts of Ontario.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Thursday, warning that areas of the province are likely to break temperature records either on Friday or Saturday.

A weather system moving in from Texas is tracking in a northeasterly direction toward the Great Lakes, bringing unseasonably mild and moist air into the southern parts of the province, the federal body said.