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Tornado watches, warnings end after evening of severe storms rip through parts of Ontario

Last Updated Oct 23, 2020 at 9:12 pm EST

Dark clouds are seen above the Toronto skyline on July 26, 2018. CITYNEWS/Roger Petersen

An uncharacteristically humid say led to some severe thunderstorms across parts of Southwestern Ontario on Friday.

At one point Toronto, Peel, York, Durham and Halton were all under statements and severe weather warnings, but they have since ended.

Tornado warnings that were in place in the Barrie, Parry Sound, Collingwood and Orillia areas have now been dropped.



No tornados were reported, though some funnel clouds were spotted. Many residents are also posting videos of damaging hail.

It’s recommended to take shelter immediately when severe weather strikes and to monitor and check if additional warnings are issued in your area.


Toronto, GTA forecast with weekend updates 

Strong to severe storms will roll through the GTA tonight.

The heaviest of the rain will fall between 7 and 9 p.m. with some showers expected through the overnight.

Winds will be gusting to 70 kilometres per hour as these showers cross the region. Once the cold front cuts through the GTA, temperatures during the overnight will drop to 5 degrees.

Those single digit daytime high temperatures are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Temperatures for Saturday will only reach 9 degrees. There will be some lake enhanced showers Saturday morning for areas northwest of the City.

By the afternoon, we will see some sunshine mixed with clouds. We will have a northwesterly wind between 25 to 40 kilometres per hour.

Grab a blanket and turn on the furnace because temperatures on Saturday night are headed down to 1 degree and sub-zero temperatures for areas up in Cottage Country.

Sunday will feature temperatures reaching 8 degrees with cloudy conditions, 8 degrees on Monday with more clouds and the chance for some showers through the afternoon, and 9 degrees on Tuesday with the chance for some evening rain showers.