Gusty showers and thunderstorms Friday night for Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton

Approaching cold front will bring wind gusts of 70 km/h, brief torrential downpours, and lightning

Two maple leaves stuck on a rain covered window during a fall storm. (Stock photo)

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement calling for gusty showers and thunderstorms on Friday night (October 23) in the city and county of Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton county.

Showers and thunderstorms ahead of a cold front are forecast to move eastward across the region on Friday evening.

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Wind gusts of 70 km/h, brief torrential downpours, and cloud-to-ground lightning will be associated with some of these storms.

With the arrival of the cold front overnight, temperatures over the weekend will be between 3 and 7°C, dropping a few degrees below freezing overnight on Saturday.