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Severe thunderstorm watch issued, 'isolated tornado can't be ruled out'

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Ottawa region, as Ottawa and area hail the return of humidex season.

“As of early afternoon, there is extensive cloud cover across the region which may limit the intensity of the thunderstorms,” the weather office reported. “However, if clearing occurs, the severe weather threat may increase.”

“Wind gusts up to 100 km/h would be the main threat, although large hail is also possible. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.”

The threat is expected to end this evening.

Thursday’s high is expected to hit 22 C, which is expected to feel like 27 due to high humidity.

The low should be around 13 C.

They’re predicting mainly sunny skies for Friday, but it will be windy early in the day, with gusts up to 50 km/h at times.

The winds should taper off in the afternoon, with a high of 22 C, with no appreciable humidity. But the UV index is expected to be 8 or very high.

So far, it’s looking like a mixed bag for Ottawa Race Weekend.

Saturday looks like periods of rain, with a high around 19 C and a low of 16 C.

But Sunday is looking mainly sunny, with a toasty high of 25 C. The low should be 12 C.

Sunshine is expected to continue Monday and Tuesday with highs of 20 C and 22 C respectively and lows between 8 C and 12 C.

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