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Severe thunderstorm watch ends for Greater Toronto Area

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A severe thunderstorm watch for the Greater Toronto Area on Thursday has ended.

The advisory, issued by Environment Canada at 11:27 a.m., said conditions were “favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and large hail.”

The weather agency said wind gusts of 90 km/h to 110 km/h were expected for Toronto during the afternoon.

Environment Canada said nickel to ping pong ball sized hail was also possible.

Read more: Tornado watch ends for Ottawa, parts of eastern Ontario

Global News’ Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell said it was an “active day of weather” on Thursday as “hot and humid conditions collided with a cold front and produced several thunderstorms.”

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“Reports of trees down in some locations along with large hail as big as ping pong balls in places like Scarborough,” he said. “Some of these storms were rotating and prompted tornado warnings east of the GTA. Survey crews will be out tomorrow to investigate if any tornadoes occurred.”

According to Farnell, almost 35,000 Hydro One customers are in the dark after Thursday’s severe storms – most across eastern Ontario.

Farnell said the temperature will “quickly cool this evening as the humidity breaks.”

“It will almost be cool by Saturday with highs remaining in the upper teens under partly sunny skies,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Ottawa and parts of eastern Ontario were placed under a tornado watch for part of Thursday, however, they have since been lifted.

— With files from Ryan Rocca and Hannah Jackson

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