Severe thunderstorm watch for this afternoon

Severe thunderstorm watch for this afternoon

Toronto saw large hail and sweeping walls of rain on Thursday afternoon.

Better stay indoors - Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for southern Ontario as a series of potential storms make their way across the region.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop from near Windsor through areas just east of Lake Huron and northeast of Georgian Bay near noon.

"Wind gust of 90 km/h may be associated with these storms as well as large hail", the advisory said.

Hail, torrential downpours and frequent lightning are also possible, the advisory said.

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Amherstburg, Ilderton, portion of the London and Kitchener areas, Orillia and the Muskoka areas are in the path of the storm, Environment Canada said. Some drivers were forced to pull over and wait out the storm for fear that the hail would pierce their windshield.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 29 C today, feeling more like 37 when humidity is factored in.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the cities of Toronto and Hamilton, as well as the regions of Halton, Peel, York, and Durham.

Partly cloudy tonight with a 30 per cent chance of showers.

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