June 10, 2015 9:27 am
Updated: June 10, 2015 8:04 pm

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued across southern Ontario, GTA


WATCH: Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell explains the extreme weather Toronto is experiencing, and points out the areas with the greatest tornado risk.

TORONTO – Environment Canada issued tornado watches across southern Ontario Wednesday morning.

Storms moved across the region in the late morning delivering heavy rain, high winds and hail in some areas.

After the storms cleared, there were sunny skies and temperatures soared to almost 30 C in some parts. But that was just making way for the second set of storms.

At 4 p.m. the second round of storms had developed in a line from Shelburne to Bracebridge and were moving south. It’s possible that these storms could be severe, with high winds, heavy rain, hail and perhaps even a tornado.

WATCH: The Global News harbour cam captured a stunning timelapse of a storm passing through the city on June 10, 2015.

A tornado watch extends from southwest of London to Perth and from Owen Sound south to Newmarket and extends to Hamilton. Severe thunderstorm warnings extend from Stratford to Bracebridge.

Earlier in the day, severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, northern York Region, Uxbridge, northern Durham Region, Mount Forest, Orangeville, Blue Mountains, Midland, Collingwood and Northern Grey County. They were dropped around 12:30 p.m.

If threatening weather approaches, remember to take shelter immediately. In the case of a tornado, it’s best to take shelter in a basement. If that is not possible, put yourself as far away from outside walls as possible.

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

Environment Canada is encouraging anyone to report severe weather by sending an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or using Twitter with the hashtag #ONStorm.

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

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