Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto on Thursday as rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected this evening.

According to the weather agency, scattered thunderstorms and potential high wind gusts are also expected on Friday.

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Environment Canada says an approaching warm front will cause an area of showers and thunderstorms to move through the region later today and into tonight.

Some of the storms will contain heavy downpours with local rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 mm in an hour possible.

There will also be the potential for high wind gusts Friday morning or early afternoon as a cold front approaches, preceded by a band of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Wind gusts of 90 km/h will be possible in this band.

Should these winds develop, Environment Canada warns power outages are likely to occur in some areas.

Keep in mind, on Friday a major temperature swing is expected, with the forecast showing a high of 16ºC in the afternoon and a low of -10ºC at night.

While temperatures will rise on Saturday, the high won't break freezing, with 0ºC expected in the afternoon and a low of -11ºC at night.