Currently in Toronto — August 5th 2022

Mainly cloudy with some clearing and humid

The weather, currently.

A calm close to the week, after a couple of days of very active weather. There were thunderstorms with brief downpours across the GTA today. While a round of severe thunderstorms impacted parts of SW on Wednesday. Goderich recorded over 60mm of rain and a "downburst" with winds near 130km/h caused significant tree damage in the town of Elora.

Friday morning in the GTA will begin with a few sunny breaks and a wake-up temperature near 20°C.  Clouds will linger through the morning, but sunny breaks will develop around lunchtime. A warm and moist air mass will remain in place across the region the high will be 28°C, which will seem more like 35°C with the humidex.  There will be a light wind from the NE and the UV index will be 9 or very high.

Friday night: Cloudy periods with a low near 20°C. Likely a few fog patches in some areas too.

Anwar Knight

Elora, Ontario Courtesy of @KirkMacDonald5 [Twitter]

What you need to know, currently.

We have a story up today by Aarohi Sheth on the aftermath of Kentucky's devastating flash floods:

"Intense flash floods across Kentucky have killed at least 37 people, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday afternoon. Now, residents are left contending with intense heat, as they begin the process of recovery," Sheth writes.

"As of Thursday, over 3000 people were still without power across the state, significantly down from over 22 thousand last week. For those who are displaced or still without power, highs in the upper 80 degrees F and low 90 degrees F, is creating miserable conditions. And, this suffocating heat will only further hamper rescue efforts; warm air holds more water, increasing the limit for extreme precipitation and exacerbating further flash flooding."

Click here to read the full story!

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