Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Wednesday warning of severe thunderstorms and potential tornadoes for much of Ontario’s cottage country.
The affected area extends from Windsor to Muskoka and includes a good portion of Cottage Country, including northern Wellington County, the Bruce Peninsula (Sauble Beach), the Blue Mountains, Owen Sound, Goderich, Huron and Perth counties, Barrie and London.
Heat warnings extend into day two for large parts of Ontario
The agency says the inclement weather will form over eastern Michigan Wednesday afternoon before heading east across Lake Huron toward affected areas.
“Damaging wind gusts will be the main threat, although large hail and some tornadoes are also possible,” the statement said
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“A significant tornado cannot be ruled out.”
Environment Canada says severe weather risk is expected to decrease as storms move east on Wednesday night.
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As Cottage Country braces for the thunderstorms, most of southern Ontario, including much of the affected area, remains under a heat warning Wednesday as afternoon thermometers are expected to reach 31C and overnight lows are expected will only fall to 20 C.
The agency said residents need to watch out for the effects of heat illness, including swelling, rashes, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and the worsening of some health conditions.
Environment Canada says people who need to cool down should seek shade, visit a swimming pool, shower or bathe, or find an air-conditioned place.
It also said that you should never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle for any length of time.
Environment Canada says it expects there will be some relief from the sweltering heat on Thursday.
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