Climate change responsible: Expert

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City employee Saharnaz Djavadi looks for a storm drain in a huge puddle on Eastern Avenue near Leslie yesterday. Heavy rains caused flooding in areas across the GTA.

A short, intense storm dumped 41 millimetres of rain on downtown Toronto yesterday and put morning commuters to the test, but it wasn’t enough to cause any serious delays or accidents for drivers throughout the GTA.

Short, intense and flashy storms like yesterday’s might become a staple of Toronto’s weather, says Environment Canada.

These violent, bursting storms are increasingly replacing the long, drawn-out rainfalls of the past, says David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada. Climate change doesn’t only mean warmer summers, he says. It means more of what the city saw yesterday — and worse.

“You get more of these Texas belly-washers, these kinds of rains that will swamp a street corner.”

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