Soaking rain spreads into parts of Ontario, Quebec, cooler pattern takes hold

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Soaking rain spreads into parts of Ontario, Quebec, cooler pattern takes hold
Soaking rain spreads into parts of Ontario, Quebec, cooler pattern takes hold

Spring showers are on their way for part of southern Ontario and Quebec Thursday and Friday, but will bypass large parts of those provinces still looking at a moisture deficit compared to seasonal norms. In the days beyond, more unsettled weather makes an appearance here and there, and the spring warmth that has dominated so far will be in retreat. For a closer look, see below.

THURSDAY: SOAKING RAIN BEGINS TO BUILD IN FOR PARTS OF ONTARIO AND QUEBEC

Parts of the GTA and Niagara region might see a passing shower through Thursday, but the bulk of the rain is destined for eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec, including Montreal, building in into the afternoon and set to last through much of the day.

Beyond those regions, people hoping for more replenishing rains for their gardens or crops will be disappointed: Little more than trace amounts are expected for the GTA and west, and for the lower St. Lawrence in Quebec.

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ONQCRain

In all, the worst-hit areas look to pick up some 20-50 mm of rain, not unwelcome for a part of the country that's seen below-average spring precipitation so far this season.

In the north, rain and wet snow continue for the Nickel Belt and northeastern Ontario Thursday, diminishing Friday morning.

FRIDAY AND BEYOND: DRIER FOR THE WEEKEND, BUT COOLER TEMPERATURES LOOM

The rain lasts through much of Friday morning for eastern Ontario and southern Quebec, ending through the day amid somewhat cooler temperatures. Ahead, the weekend sees a mix of sun and cloud, with near-seasonal temperatures, though with the chance of a passing shower both days, highest on Sunday.

The next week starts out near-seasonal, but then spring suffers a setback, with below-seasonal temperatures dominating the rest of the week, with a couple of rounds of showers mid and late-week – and in fact, the chance of a rain/snow mix for higher terrain well north of the GTA.

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ONTempsDay7

"This chilly pattern will continue into the final week of April," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "We're watching the potential for a recurving typhoon in the western Pacific which could help to lock in the pattern through the end of April."

Check back as we continue to monitor this system.