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Severe thunderstorms loom for the B.C. Interior

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 12:25 PM - It seems Environment Canada isn't taking any chances over warning people of thunderstorm risk in the Interior.

The agency issued severe thunderstorm watches for the Boundary, Nicola, Okanagan and South Thompson regions in the early morning, with storms expected in the afternoon thanks to an unstable airmass.

"Periods of heavy rain are expected with some of these severe storms that could cause localized flooding, especially near creeks," the agency says.

There's also a risk of hail and intense lightning, so keep an eye on that area, as the agency could issue new watches or upgrade existing ones to full-fledged warnings.

Tuesday looks to be quite the active day across the west. 


Across the mountains, storms along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border are expected to be potentially severe, and Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm watches for several communities in the latter province, including Saskatoon. Heavy downpours, large hail and strong winds are possible.

The Interior of B.C. has been easily the hottest part of the country this summer, with many communities breaking the 30oC barrier numerous times.

If you're sick of that heat, Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter says few places are expected to cross that threshold.

As for the coasts, expect another sunny and seasonal day, with a few clouds.


TUNE IN: Watch the Weather Network on TV for updates on these storms. If it's safe to do so, upload your pictures and videos here.


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