Weekend rainout: Environment Canada calls for 40 to 60 mm of rain for Ottawa this weekend

OTTAWA — The first full weekend of summer is threatening to be a rain out.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Ottawa, calling for “significant rainfall” Saturday and Sunday.

“An area of showers or thunderstorms are expected to redevelop this afternoon or evening and last through the night tonight,” said Environment Canada in an updated special weather statement Saturday morning.

“A brief lull in the rain may exist Sunday morning but showers or thunderstorms may redevelop again Sunday afternoon. Plenty of moisture in the atmosphere will allow rain to fall heavy at times.”

The weather agency says localized rainfall amounts could reach 40 to 60 mm this weekend.

Since 8 p.m. Friday, 28 mm of rain has been recorded at the Ottawa Airport, while 29 mm of rain has been recorded at the Central Experimental Farm.

Environment Canada says it will be cloudy this afternoon with a chance of showers. Local amounts of 15 to 25 mm of rain. A high today of 24 C, with the humidex it will feel like 30.

Showers will begin Saturday evening, with a risk of a thunderstorm. Another 30 to 40 mm of rain is possible. A low of 19.

Sunday will be mainly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. Showers beginning in the afternoon. A high of 29 C.

The forecast calls for cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of showers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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