July 2, 2014 6:00 pm
Updated: July 2, 2014 6:05 pm

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for parts of southern Ontario


WATCH: Future radar shows the expected severe weather moving into southern Ontario today

TORONTO – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for southern Ontario by Environment Canada.

Late Wednesday morning, Environment Canada issued warnings for an area east of London to east of Peterborough.

At 5:58 p.m. the following areas were still under a severe thunderstorm watch :

  • Bancroft – Hastings Highlands – Denbigh
  • Kaladar – Bannockburn – Bon Echo Park
  • Lindsay – Southern Kawartha Lakes
  • Petawawa – Pembroke – Cobden
  • Renfrew – Arnprior – Calabogie

There is the chance of thunderstorms from the early afternoon into the evening across southern Ontario, with the main threat being strong winds and hail.

WATCH: Are the thunderstorms going to hit Toronto and the GTA?

Though the stifling heat and humidity eased up somewhat on Canada Day across Ontario, it’s back with temperatures expected to climb to close to 28 C but with humidex values in the 30s.

The moist air will help fuel some instability in the atmosphere leading to the thunderstorms.

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

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