Windy Wednesday in store for southwestern Ontario

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Make sure anything light is tied down ahead of Wednesday, as meteorologists say strong winds are expected to blow through the region.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for most of southwestern Ontario including Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, London-Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties, Huron-Perth along with Grey Bruce County.

According to the weather agency, strong westerly winds between 70 to 80 kilometres per hour are forecast to begin Wednesday afternoon as a strong cold front moves in.

“The strongest winds are expected near the shorelines of Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, where wind gusts up to 90 km/h may occur,” read a statement from Environment Canada.

Windy conditions are expected to persist through the afternoon and early evening before easing later Wednesday night.