July 7, 2014 2:31 pm
Updated: July 7, 2014 3:25 pm

Severe thunderstorm warnings, watches issued for southwestern Ontario

Thunderstorms began to pop up across southwestern Ontario Monday afternoon.

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TORONTO – More thunderstorms are making their way across southern Ontario, following a night of storms that brought heavy rain and lightning.

At 2:10 p.m. on Monday Environment Canada issued a  severe thunderstorm warning for:

Windsor – Leamington – Essex County

The warning is in effect until 5:06 p.m.

An earlier warning for the London and Strathroy area was dropped.

Environment Canada also issued a severe thunderstorm watch  just before 1 p.m. for:

  • Hamilton
  • Dunnville – Caledonia – Haldimand
  • Rodney – Shedden – Western Elgin County
  • St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County
  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
  • Sarnia – Petrolia – Western Lambton County
  • Watford – Pinery Park – Eastern Lambton County
  • Simcoe – Delhi – Norfolk
  • Chatham-Kent – Rondeau Park
  • Windsor – Leamington – Essex County
  • London – Parkhill – Eastern Middlesex County
  • Strathroy – Komoka – Western Middlesex County.

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Thunderstorms are possible Monday afternoon into the early evening and may produce torrential downpours with local amounts of 50 mm and wind gusts of 90 km/h.

Overnight, some areas of southwestern Ontario received 40 mm of rain or more.  In Wellesley, the Grand River Conservation Authority reported 78.6 mm of rain.

READ MORE: WATCH – CN Tower struck by lightning during overnight storm

A watch is issued when conditions are favourable for severe weather. A warning is when hazardous weather is imminent or occurring.

To get real-time weather for your area, download the Global News Skytracker weather app.

BELOW: Will the afternoon thundershowers in Southern Ontario effect the commute in the GTHA?

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