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Toronto Weather: Hurricane Beryl Brings Rain

Toronto Weather: Hurricane Beryl Brings Rain

Toronto could have a messy afternoon rush hour as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl continue to bring torrential rain to the city.

CP24 meteorologist Bill Coulter says that while the storm’s “main precipitation shield” moved through the GTA this morning, a heavy band of rain and thunderstorms is still possible after 5pm.

Coulter says rain will continue on and off throughout the evening until it stops early Thursday morning.

Most of the GTA will see about two weeks of rain per day, but Coulter said some areas in the northern GTA could see a month of rain. However, the storm will come in bursts, which is similar to a hurricane breaking up.

“So instead of this perfectly round shape that you saw in the Caribbean, it’s stretched out. It’s taking on post-tropical characteristics. So it has sort of branches and arms of precipitation,” Coulter said.

Environment Canada said “downpours” are expected across the region as the storm system passes through on Wednesday and Thursday. Some areas could see local rainfall amounts of 40 to 60 mm, with rates of 20 to 40 mm/h at times.

A radar image shows the remnants of Hurricane Beryl moving toward Toronto on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

Flooding in Toronto

There were reports of puddles on some busy roads around the city Wednesday morning during the downpour. Cars were seen driving through about a foot of water on parts of Lake Shore Boulevard.

Cars drive across a flooded stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard in downtown Toronto during a heavy rainstorm on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

“Heavy downpours may cause flash flooding and puddles on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible,” Environment Canada warned. “If visibility is poor while driving, slow down, watch taillights ahead of you, and be prepared to stop.”

Pearson International Airport reported no significant delays Wednesday morning, but warned travelers that delays are possible due to weather conditions.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood warning due to the heavy rainfall. Authorities say banks, rivers and streams in the GTA “should be considered hazardous as the rainfall will result in elevated water levels, rapidly changing water levels and unstable riverbanks.”

People are advised to be extra careful and exercise enough near water, especially with children and pets.

Temperatures in Toronto are dropping

Berryl’s remnants blew away a hot air mass that had been hanging over the city for several days, ending the heat warning that had been issued for the city.

Heavy rain is expected in Toronto on Wednesday as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl batter Ontario. (Chris Fox/ CP24)

In terms of temperature, Toronto is expected to reach a high of 23°C today.

The rain is expected to continue until Thursday morning and then taper off. Thursday will be cloudy with a maximum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.

The sun is expected to shine again over the weekend and temperatures are expected to rise, with a maximum of 28 degrees on Friday and 29 degrees on Saturday.