Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for parts of eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including the city of Gatineau.

According to the agency, Gatineau is expected to get between 20 and 30 millimetres of rain on Easter Monday.

No warning has been issued for Ottawa, but Environment Canada says the city could get about 15 to 25 millimetres.

Other communities where rain warnings are in effect include:

  • Pembroke, Ont.
  • Renfrew, Ont.
  • ​Petawawa, Ont.
  • Chelsea, Que.
  • Maniwaki, Que.

Warnings are issued when 25 millimetres or more of rain is expected within 24 hours and when the ground is frozen or saturated, thus reducing its ability to absorb the precipitation.

Environment Canada is advising drivers in the affected regions to turn on their lights, maintain a safe following distance and watch for flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Despite the rain the temperature is expected to be pleasant with highs of 10 C in both Ottawa and Gatineau.

The normal high for the end of March is closer to 6 C.