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Severe thunderstorm watch issued as GTA under heat warning

Last Updated Jul 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm EDT

Pedestrians walk in the rain near Union Station in Toronto on April 12, 2018. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy

Some heavy rain is in store for the GTA in addition to Monday’s muggy, humid weather.

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the City of Toronto and parts of the GTA including Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham and Newmarket, York, Peel and Halton regions, as well as Hamilton.

This comes as most of southern Ontario remains under a heat warning.

Environment Canada said the areas under the thunderstorm watch and warning may experience heavy rain, wind and hail. The severe weather is expected to diminish in the evening.

Meanwhile, the Credit Valley Conservation is warning of dangerous water levels — saying the rainfall may create dangerous water conditions so the general public should keep their distance.

Officials also warn the fast flowing water could be dangerous for recreational activities such as kayaking, canoeing and tubing.

This comes as Toronto and most of southern Ontario remain under a heat warning.

Environment Canada says temperatures are expected to be in the low 30s with humidex values making it feel like 40 until tomorrow.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has also issued a heat warning for the city until further notice.

During a warning, you are encouraged to visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids.

In addition to swimming pools, beaches and air-conditioned shopping malls, there are 180 air-conditioned community centres and local libraries in neighbourhoods across the city where people can go to seek relief, including the City’s cooling centres.

The good news is this round of very humid weather will be short-lived as a cold front is scheduled to move through the area early on Tuesday morning, pushing out the humidity and returning us to more comfortable temperatures for the remainder of the week.