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Tornado warning issued in Deep River, Ont. area; Ottawa under thunderstorm watch

A tornado warning has been issued in parts of eastern Ontario as a storm system moves across the region. While there is no tornado warning for the city of Ottawa, a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect.

At 4:34 p,m., Environment Canada said meteorologists were tracking a severe thunderstorm that is possibly producing a tornado. 

Areas affected include Deep River, eastern Algonquin Park, Barry’s Bay and Killaloe.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” Environment Canada said. “Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately.”

The temperature in Ottawa hit 30 C at 3 p.m., the warmest temperature recorded so far in 2024. The record for the warmest May 22 is 31.1 C, set in 1977.

In 2023, Ottawa saw two days with the temperature above 30 C in May – 30.4 C on May 28 and 32.5 C on May 31.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Ottawa Wednesday afternoon, saying “conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms” that may produce strong winds, heavy rain and toonie sized hail.

“Thunderstorms will develop along a cold front that will move through the province this afternoon and evening,” the weather agency said in a statement.

The severe thunderstorm watch covers all of eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley, from Belleville and Kingston to Cornwall, Pembroke and Petawawa.

The forecast calls for partly cloudy tonight with a 40 per cent chance of showers and a risk of a thunderstorm. Low 17 C.

Sunny on Thursday. High 26 C.

Friday will be sunny. High 28 C.

The outlook for Saturday calls for increasing cloudiness. High 23 C.

A mix of sun and cloud on Sunday with a 30 per cent chance of showers. High 21 C.

The normal temperatures for this time of year are a high of 21 C and a low of 10 C.

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