Toronto soaked after hours of rain, but amounts not significant, Environment Canada says

Environment Canada has ended a special weather statement for Toronto but the federal weather agency says less rain than expected fell in the city on Tuesday.

As of 10 p.m., 9.7 millimetres of rain had fallen downtown, while 10.5 millimetres had fallen on Toronto Island Airport, according to David Rodgers, senior meteorologist for Environment Canada, based in Downsview.

The federal weather agency had said 15 mm to 25 mm was possible in Toronto on Tuesday, with up to 40 mm in some regions due to thunderstorms.

Rodgers said thunderstorms predicted for Ontario stayed south of the province and the rainfall amounts were not significant. The revised amounts expected for Toronto are 10 to 15 mm.

“There was a special weather statement but we didn’t get any special weather,” he said. “The significant weather we were forecasting just didn’t materialize.”

Windsor recorded close to 20 mm of rain as of 10 p.m., the most logged in the province, he added.

Rain began falling around 1:20 p.m. at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and it was still raining as of 10 p.m. The showers were expected to be light overnight.

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