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‘Downpouring rain’ warning as remnants of Hurricane Beryl batter southern Ontario and Quebec

‘Downpouring rain’ warning as remnants of Hurricane Beryl batter southern Ontario and Quebec

Heavy rain is expected in parts of southern Ontario and Quebec. Environment Canada warns that the remnants of Hurricane Beryl could bring downpours starting Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Heavy rain is expected in parts of southern Ontario and Quebec. Environment Canada warns that the remnants of Hurricane Beryl could bring downpours starting Tuesday night or Wednesday.

The weather bureau issued a series of rainfall warnings on Tuesday. Toronto residents were told to expect “torrential” rainfall of up to 40 millimetres per hour. Montreal is facing the possibility of localised flooding.

According to the warnings for Toronto and the surrounding area, the rain will continue until Thursday morning, with some places possibly getting as much as 80 millimetres of rain.

Trudy Kidd, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said it is difficult to predict the exact path of the weather system spawned by the hurricane, but she stressed that significant rainfall is possible.

“We expect the remnants of Hurricane Beryl to impact southern Ontario tonight,” she said Tuesday.

“Later (Wednesday) morning, between 6 and 9 a.m., we expect rain in the GTA and rain in the afternoon in eastern Ontario.”

Kidd said the heavy rain expected on Wednesday will continue overnight in most areas, possibly into Thursday.

“We also expect a risk of thunderstorms along with this system. So any area that gets thunderstorms or multiple thunderstorms or very slow-moving thunderstorms could really get quite a bit of rainfall,” she said.

A scorching heat wave is bringing record temperatures and the threat of wildfires to Western Canada.

More than two dozen daily high temperatures were broken in British Columbia on Monday, as the mercury rose to 42.4 degrees Celsius (108.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the inland town of Lytton.

Jennifer Smith, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, reported that a high pressure system moved into British Columbia from Northern California over the weekend and into the Northwest Territories and Alberta on Monday.

She said the heat will reach Manitoba on Wednesday and possibly cross the northwestern Ontario border before moving south again into the United States.

Smith said they are watching for things that could lead to wildfires: hot and dry conditions, wind and lightning without rain, something that is already in the forecast for parts of British Columbia.

Temperatures will drop Tuesday night in parts of British Columbia, including Metro Vancouver and the interior of the north and central coasts, according to Environment Canada. Inland areas will remain warm, however.

Another heat wave sent temperatures across Atlantic Canada and parts of Ontario soaring well below freezing during the day on Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2024.

The Canadian Press