Feb. 28 Weather: Thunderstorm risk persists in southern Ontario


Published February 28, 2024 at 6:00 am

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Unseasonably warm weather persists across southern Ontario today, bringing a continued risk of thunderstorms.

February has seen some wild fluctuations in the weather this year driven by climate change and the El Nino effect. This has resulted in a warm stormy day on Feb. 27, followed by a sudden cold snap on Feb. 28.

According to Environment Canada, Wednesday will start with showers and a risk of thunderstorms continuing overnight into the morning. By 6 a.m., temperatures are expected to settle around 9 degrees with a 60 percent chance of storms.

Temperatures will continue to rise to a peak of 13 degrees by 10 a.m., then sharply begin to fall.

The risk of thunderstorms will evaporate by noon but showers will persist. By 3 p.m., temperatures will have fallen to about 3 degrees, turning the rain into flurries.

Throughout this time, wind will remain moderate, peaking at a steady 40 km/h. However, gusts will be much stronger reaching up to 70 km/h.

Flurries will be heaviest between 3 and 5 p.m. but will become less severe by 6 p.m. Temperatures will continue to fall until they hit -4 degrees by 8 p.m.

Environment Canada wrote of the expected weather: “A strong cold front is expected to track through southern Ontario on Wednesday causing temperatures to drop dramatically along with the development of strong northwesterly winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h for much of the afternoon and evening. Winds are expected to ease Wednesday night.


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