With a total of 26.2 millimetres of rain as of 2 p.m. Toronto has broken a precipitation record set almost 60 years ago.
“It looks like we’ve said goodbye to the former record,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson.
More rainfall is expected throughout the day.
1950, the GTA was drenched with 20.8 mm of rain, the record for the
area since measurements started being taken at the Pearson
International Airport site in 1938.
The next precipitation measurement for today will be released at 8 p.m. tonight.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a high-water
safety bulletin warning people that rainfall will make streams and
rivers dangerous over the weekend.
Dana Khademi, flood duty
officer for the authority, said as a result of the precipitation,
higher river and stream water levels are expected and such areas should
be considered dangerous.
The bulletin will be in effect through Sunday.
Coulson said the GTA is expected to experience another set of unexpected weather conditions.
“We’re heading into a stretch that is cooler than normal,” adding the expected high for this time of year is 9 C.
the high starting on Monday for about a week is expected to be lower
with only 0 C on Tuesday and should slowly rise, but remain below
normal until at least April 13. He added that a cooler but possibly
sunny Easter weekend is likely, although conditions could change.