Gabrielle washes over province

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Western region, Northern Peninsula get most rainfall

The remnants of tropical storm Gabrielle caused most parts of Newfoundland to experience heavy rainfall.

Western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula were the hardest hit areas in terms of accumulated rainfall, according to data compiled by Environment Canada.

An unofficial observation site in Cow Head recorded the most precipitation as of Sunday morning with 74.6 millimetres of rainfall accumulation. The Northern Peninsula community of Englee followed close behind with a total of 73.6 millimetres.

Cormack also reported high precipitation levels, with totals of 64.8 millimetres and 52.7 millimetres coming from two observation stations.

Rain began Friday for much of the western half of the island and the Northern Peninsula, with heavy rainfall ceasing to be an issue by Sunday morning.

Other rainfall accumulations for the region include 46.6 millimetres for St. Anthony, 43.7 millimetres at an unmanned observation site and 26.2 millimetres for an manned site in Stephenville, 50.3 millimetres for Bay d’Espoir, and 28.6 millimetres in Deer Lake.

In central Newfoundland, Gander recorded 20.4 millimetres of accumulated rainfall as of early Sunday morning. A special weather statement calling for intermittent heavy showers remained in effect for that community, Terra Nova, and the Bonavista and Burin peninsulas for much of Sunday.

Heavy showers were intermittent for much of the Avalon Peninsula on Sunday, forcing the cancellation and postponement of some outdoor events in the St. John’s metro area.

While Environment Canada did not issue warnings for the area concerning rainfall accumulation, it was expected that rainfall rates for the Avalon Peninsula on Sunday could exceed warning levels.

A tropical air mass related to Gabrielle also resulted in humid conditions throughout the weekend. At St. John’s International Airport, 100 per cent humidity was reported as of early Sunday evening. The highest temperature recorded at the airport on Saturday was 26.1 C.

While there was no precipitation in Monday’s forecast for St. John’s, Environment Canada did expect temperatures would remain high. It called for a mixture of sun and cloud in St. John’s with a high of 20 C to start the working week.

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Organizations: Environment Canada, International Airport

Geographic location: Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland, Cow Head Englee St. Anthony Stephenville Deer Lake.In Gander Terra Nova

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