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Storm systems could hit Toronto, GTA on Friday

CityNews viewer Lisa Donohue (@Lisa_Donohue0 sent in this photo of clouds in Newmarket on July 18, 2013.

Toronto dodged some potentially severe weather on Thursday after severe thunderstorm watches that were in effect for all of the GTA were ended by Environment Canada just after 7 p.m.

But CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai warned that a series of storm systems could move into the GTA on Friday, with the potential for strong winds and downpours. The rough weather is expected to hit the GTA between 2-5 p.m.

A second system could move into the area after 8 p.m. with winds potentially reaching 80 km/h.

Earlier Thursday, a series of tornado warnings were issued for areas north and northwest of Toronto, including Caledon and Orangeville. The warning were quickly extended to parts of the GTA.

The federal forecaster said storm spotters reported a funnel cloud just north of Orangeville at 2:10 p.m.

But shortly after 3 p.m. the weather agency ended all tornado warnings.

Meanwhile, Toronto coped with the third day of an extreme heat alert, as temperatures flirted with 33 C and a humidex advisory in effect.

During an extreme heat alert, Toronto officials are asking people to check on those who may be vulnerable to the heat, especially isolated adults, seniors and the chronically ill.

The city has opened cooling centres and extended hours at public pools to help residents cope.

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