Wet, blustery weather forecast for Eastern Canada
People in southern Ontario and Quebec and Atlantic Canada can expect high winds and heavy rain over the next couple of days as two weather systems move north from the Gulf of Mexico.
Environment Canada says one system of low pressure will stretch east from Windsor, Ont., to Ottawa and north to Parry Sound, Ont. The agency has issued a number of rainfall warnings.
24-hour rainfall totals
- Windsor, Ont.: 50 to 60 mm
- Toronto: 45 to 60 mm
- Montreal: 8 to 17 mm
- Ottawa: 15 to 25 mm
- Yarmouth northeast to Halifax: 60 to 85 mm
- Saint John: 45 to 65 mm
It says the Windsor area could receive the heaviest rain as a low-pressure system, powered by the jet stream, drags in tropical moisture.
Environment Canada predicts 40 to 60 millimetres of rain will fall on Windsor-Essex. Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton should expect 45 to 60 millimetres by the end of Thursday. Winds gusting to 70 km/h will accompany the system, hitting hardest along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
"Today the story is centred in southwestern Ontario. That's where the rain has already started to move in heavily and it will continue to spread eastward this afternoon into the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa this evening," CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe said Wednesday morning.
The rain is not expected to ease up until Thursday afternoon as it drenches southern Quebec, the Maritimes and the Avalon Peninsula in southeastern Newfoundland.