Parts Of Ontario Will Be Hit By Thunderstorms, Smoky Skies & Poor Air Quality This Week

Smoke from the Manitoba wildfires will reach Ontario today.

Toronto Staff Writer

So long sunshine. Ontario's weather forecast is predicting more stormy days ahead, but thunder and lightning aren't the only two things people should be on alert for.

According to The Weather Network, smoke from the Manitoba wildfires will reach northern Ontario today, bringing hazy skies and poor air quality to residents before drifting towards southern parts of the province.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for areas such as Thunder Bay, Dryden, Sault Ste. Marie and Kenora, which includes warnings for smoke plumes and low visibility for areas closer to the fires.

"Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk," part of the statement reads.

As if that wasn't enough of a bummer, a severe thunderstorm risk also threatens areas north of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario including Timmins and Chapleau with heavy rainfall, winds gusts and hail expected.

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