The same potent cold front that produced a damaging EF-2 tornado in Barrie, Ont., Thursday will now be tracking through the Maritimes. While it may set off thunderstorms across New Brunswick, and parts of Nova Scotia and Labrador, the storms will not be quite as potent as they were in Ontaro. However, some of the storms may reach severe limits in a good chunk of New Brunswick. The region will get a break from the unsettled conditions Saturday, but more is expected on Sunday with the next system. Most of Newfoundland will escape any of the rainfall and will see a pleasant summer weekend. For more details, read below.
FRIDAY: SEVERE STORM THREAT FOR PARTS OF THE MARITIMES
The front isn't expected to trigger severe weather on a scale as what was seen in Ontario because it is much weaker. However, it is still expected to generate thunderstorms as it tracks southward across the region Friday afternoon.
There is the risk of one or two storms turning severe, generating heavy rain, strong wind gusts and small hail. The threat of thunderstorms will diminish Friday evening.
There is even the risk of an isolated thunderstorm west and north of Happy-Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, as the associated low tracks across the area in the afternoon. Showers will make their way into western Newfoundland in the evening, while the Avalon will remain dry.
Temperatures will be into the mid-to-upper 20s across much of the Maritimes, with a couple locales possibly hitting the 30-degree mark. Daytime highs will be somewhat cooler across the Gulf, and more varying, ranging from the upper teens to the mid-20s, depending on where you are.
WEEKEND AND BEYOND: ANOTHER SHOT OF STORMY WEATHER IN MARITIMES BEFORE SOME FAIR CONDITIONS
Fair and warm across the region on Saturday, and will be a much nicer day than it initially appeared to be for the Maritimes. However, the risk for widespread rain and thunderstorms returns to the southern and central Maritimes on Sunday. Newfoundland will be warm and dry, though, a pleasant summer weekend is in store across the island.
Conditions will be mostly fair and warm early next week, but forecasters are watching the potential for more unsettled weather by the middle and end of next week.
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