Environment Canada warns Ontario’s cottage country of risk of tornadoes Wednesday

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Wednesday warning of severe thunderstorms and potential tornadoes for much of Ontario’s cottage country.

The area of ​​concern extends from Windsor to Muskoka and includes much of the cottage country, including the northern part of Wellington County, the Bruce Peninsula (Sauble Beach), the Blue Mountains, Owen Sound counties, Goderich, Huron and Perth, Barrie and London. .

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The agency says severe weather will begin to build over eastern Michigan on Wednesday afternoon before heading east across Lake Huron toward affected areas.

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« Damaging gusts of wind will be the main threat, although large hail and a few tornadoes are also possible, » the statement said.

« A significant tornado cannot be ruled out. »

Environment Canada says the threat of severe weather is expected to lessen as the storms move east Wednesday evening.

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As cottage country braces for thunderstorms, most of southern Ontario, including much of the affected area, remains under a heat warning on Wednesday as the thermometer is expected to reach 31°C in the afternoon and overnight lows are expected to drop. only at 20 C.

The agency said residents should watch for the effects of heat, including swelling, rashes, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and worsening of certain health problems. health.

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Environment Canada says people who need to cool off should seek shade, visit a swimming pool, take a shower or bath, or find somewhere with air conditioning.

He also said you should never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle for any length of time.

Environment Canada says it expects there to be some relief from Thursday’s sweltering heat.

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