Remnants of Hurricane Beryl bring heavy rain to Toronto

Remnants of Hurricane Beryl bring heavy rain to Toronto
Remnants of Hurricane Beryl bring heavy rain to Toronto

The remnants of Hurricane Beryl hit the Greater Toronto Area on Wednesday, bringing torrential rain that caused puddles to form on local roads.

A rainfall advisory remains in effect for Toronto and the rest of the GTA as the weather system moves through the region.

Environment Canada noted that rain would continue into Wednesday night, with the rain expected to taper off to scattered showers from west to east. CP24 meteorologist Bill Coulter said the storm’s “main precipitation shield” was moving through the GTA this morning.

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

Most of the GTA is expected to get about two weeks of rain a day, but Coulter said some areas in the northern GTA could get a month’s worth of rain. However, the storm will come in bursts, 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” were expected in 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.

Roads affected by flooding

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.

“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.

Storm causes heat wave

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.

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.