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Dreaming of a wet Christmas? Rain in store for Toronto

12/22/2014 04:10 EST | Updated 02/21/2015 05:59 EST
Anyone dreaming of rain, high winds and warmer-than-average temperatures on Christmas will get their wish this week, as wet weather will begin on Tuesday and last until Boxing Day.

Not exactly a 'Santa Bomb', but starting Tuesday morning, Toronto will start to get wet weather, while areas to the west of the city — areas like Kitchener — will possibly be seeing some early-morning freezing rain.

Temperatures will start to soar, seeing daytime highs of five and six degrees across the GTA.

Expect another round of wet weather for Christmas Eve as well. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be between 10 and possibly over 30 millimetres of rain.

It will be wet and warm with winds developing Wednesday evening.

"Wind will likely be the bigger issue for holiday travellers as strong winds develop Wednesday night into Thursday morning with 60 to 90 kilometre-per-hour gusts possible on Christmas Day," says CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

Scotland is projecting a very warm Christmas, with temperatures between 8 to 10 degrees and even perhaps topping 10 C.

It will cool down in the evening, to a high of only 3 C, and it will stay windy.

"Any potential snow should be very light, so no White Christmas. Strong winds will be the bigger issue," says Scotland.  "These winds could result in some travel delays as well as localized power outages due to downed branches and trees."

While there is no significant snow for Toronto on Christmas Day, anyone heading northwest of the city should be prepared for possible lake-effect snow through the snow belt in places like Barrie.

On Boxing Day, Scotland says it will be cloudy, but still quite windy.

"Things will dry out and calm down on Boxing Day," he says.

Merry Christmas!

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