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Heavy rain, strong winds forecast for Halloween in Toronto

Environment Canada says it will be a wet and windy day for Halloween, putting a damper on trick-or-treating Thursday evening. Getty Images

Wet, gusty weather is expected on Halloween in Toronto.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the city that forecasts the heaviest rain will come this afternoon and into the early evening.

Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell said rain will be heavy Thursday afternoon and will only taper off to showers by the late evening in Toronto when trick-or-treaters are expected to be out.

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About 20 to 40 millimetres of rain is expected to fall within this short period of time and combined with yesterday’s 20 to 30 millimetres of rain that fell, it could cause some minor flooding in fields and along some rivers, Farnell added.

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“For the kids heading out this evening wear something waterproof either over or under your Halloween costume,” Farnell said.

However, the temperature will be mild around 7 p.m. at 11 C.

Environment Canada said the rainfall will also be coupled with strong westerly wind gusts of 70 to 80 kilometres an hour Thursday night into Friday morning.

“Thankfully the strongest winds and rapidly falling temperatures won’t move in until after midnight tonight,” Farnell added.

Farnell said across north and west parts of the GTA the rain is expected to turn over to wet flurries. Areas like Orangeville, Caledon and even Newmarket could see up to a centimetre of slush by Friday morning.

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