Double digit temps and showers have officials on flood watch across SW Ontario
Flood watch: London, Stratford, Woodstock, Chatham-kent and other southwestern Ontario cities
Nature lovers in much of southwestern Ontario are being asked to avoid any waterways including rivers, streams and creeks after a flood watch was issued by a conservation authority.
Milder temperatures have left Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) officials on the lookout for flooding in London and the surrounding area including Stratford and Woodstock.
Teresa Hollingworth manager of community and corporate services at UTRCA, said snow patches are expected to melt with milder temperatures and forecast rain will produce runoff and increase water levels.
"It's only a problem when people are too close to the river. The banks are very slippery. The water is very cold. It will be very fast moving. It's only dangerous if people and children want to investigate the water a little too closely."
Double digit temps
Daytime temperatures will remain above zero in London throughout the week, reaching as high as 14 C on Tuesday.
The flood watch was issued on Friday, however, monitoring efforts will ramp up on Monday to Wednesday when the heavier rain comes through.
Hollingworth said water levels will rise "rapidly" on Monday and peak levels are expected on Tuesday and into Wednesday.
Officials are also monitoring the lower river's stretch in Chatham-Kent through the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.
"Better to be safe than sorry," said Hollingworth, who hopes adults, children and pets stay safe.