After the heavy rain on July 12, the region had the highest average rainfall in decades.
“This was probably the lowest average rainfall we’ve had in over 40 years,” said Matt Hirsch, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
However, there were some areas in northern and southern Ontario where rain had fallen, and the Environment Canada forecast office said they should expect a wet summer.
Hirsch said it’s not uncommon for parts of Ontario to see up to two inches of rain over a short period of time.
The rain began as heavy rains in the province’s west, but the area has been slowly warming up.
The last time the region saw as much rain was in 1996, when over two inches fell.
But now, with a long-term trend, temperatures are getting warmer in parts of the province, and as such, rainfall will become more intense, Hirsch said.
The Environment Canada weather forecast office issued a flash flood warning for parts and a tropical storm warning for northern Ontario, and a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Ontario.
It was the first time in nearly a decade that a warning has been issued in the northern part of Ontario.
The province’s wildfire season is also expected to be wetter than usual this summer.
That means more people are likely to die of the heat, which is expected to spike this summer as the weather warms.