TORONTO – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Ontario, including cottage country.
Environment Canada issued the watches early Monday afternoon.
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Several severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued in northern Ontario Monday morning as severe storms crossed the region.
A watch is issued when conditions are favourable for severe weather. A warning is when hazardous weather is imminent or occurring.
Severe storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail are possible Tuesday afternoon into the evening across cottage country including, Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood and Midland. As with all severe thunderstorms there is always the risk of a tornado.
As of 3 p.m., the following regions were under a severe thunderstorm watch:
Shortly after 1 p.m. a tornado watch was issued for western Algonquin Park, Lake of Two Rivers, South River and Burk’s Falls. It was lifted at 1:50 p.m, however the same area remains under a severe thunderstorm warning.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued around 3:45 p.m. for the following regions:
The warning is in effect until 4:34 p.m.
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Meanwhile, Ottawa, Cornwall, Prescott and immediate areas are under a heat warning with hot and humid conditions producing humidex values close to 40 C.
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