July 1, 2014 8:05 am
Updated: July 1, 2014 8:13 am

Wet weather, possible storms on tap for Canada Day


WATCH: Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell looks at the unsettled weather expected on Canada Day

TORONTO – Canada Day across Ontario will likely start off wet, but it looks like the fireworks will still be a go.

Rain is expected to push into Ontario early Tuesday morning stretching from southwestern Ontario toward northern Ontario.

There is also the slight risk of severe storms.

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“Even if we don’t have watches or warnings for a lot of these initial storms tomorrow, we do understand a lot of folks could be having family outings or going to other large outdoor venues to celebrate Canada Day, and just…check the forecast before you’re leaving,” said Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Geoff Coulson.

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Though this is not likely to be a “Tornado Tuesday” – a nickname given due to the fact that all six tornadoes in Ontario have occurred on a Tuesday – with the risk of storms comes the threat of high winds and lightning. Coulson stressed the importance of making sure that you’re aware of your surroundings, knowing a place to take shelter, particularly during a a day when many are likely to be outside.

“Watch the sky during the course of the day. If you hear thunder that’s a time to get into a good, solid shelter.”

The rain should move out of the GTA by noon and out of eastern Ontario by the evening, hopefully in time for fireworks celebrations to begin, though there still exists a slight chance of showers.

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