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Prairies: Thursday's storm set-up carries severe risk

Wednesday, June 12th 2019, 2:26 pm - Watching Thursday closely for a severe thunderstorm risk.

Editor's note: This article is from Wednesday. For updated forecast, please see new article here.

Thursday sees the heat that's been building across the Prairies peak, fuelling the most severe thunderstorm risk Alberta has seen so far this season. The good news is that the developing pattern will bring some much-needed rain for parched areas. More details, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Elevated potential for severe thunderstorms Thursday, particularly in Alberta and a slice of Saskatchewan
  • Many will see temperatures in the high 20s, some could reach the 30°C mark
  • Chance for some late-week rain for the areas impacted by wildfires
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: STORM RISK RISES AND FALLS

The peaking heat will take many communities well into the 20s, with a handful potentially being nudged over the 30°C mark.

That heat and humidity have forecasters seeing storm risk across much of the Prairies, but particularly in Alberta and parts of southwestern Saskatchewan.

Some morning storms are a possibility, but the bulk of the storms are set to fire up in the afternoon, beginning along the foothills of southern Alberta and tracking southeast into the evening and overnight.

"The greatest threats with these storms will be strong winds and large hail between the Calgary and Edmonton area," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter, with some areas possibly even seeing the hail as big as golf balls. "As the evening wears on, that threat will continue east of the QE2."

Western risk

Although there will be a chance for some locally heavy and beneficial rainfall, these particular storms won't bring the kind of widespread soaking that this moisture starved region needs with this round. The start of the weekend however, will be marked with more rain and thunderstorms across southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, which will bring those totals up slightly.

PR Rain

The higher potential for a widespread coverage of rain comes to the region by early next week.

SEE ALSO: Drought conditions plague the Prairies, record dry for some

UNSETTLED PATTERN BRINGS MUCH NEEDED RAIN

We're watching as an unsettled pattern locks in for the Prairies, helping with the major agriculture and wildfire concerns for the next couple of weeks.

"While this will not eliminate the long term deficits, overall the region will be in much better condition by the end of June than it was to start the month," says meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, adding that cooler than seasonal temperatures will also dominate next week.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast details.

WATCH BELOW: DAYS OF STORM RISK FOR SASKATCHEWAN

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