REGINA — Several areas of Saskatchewan are now under a severe thunderstorm watch.
The watch was issued late this morning and is in effect Thursday for the following areas:
Assiniboia-Gravelbourg-Coronach, Regina, Saskatoon, Estevan-Weyburn-Radville-Milestone, Fort Qu'Appelle-Indian Head-Lumsden-Pilot Butte, Kindersley-Rosetown-Biggar-Wilkie-Macklin, Martensville-Warman-Rosthern-Delisle-Wakaw, Moose Jaw-Pense-Central Butte-Craik, Outlook-Watrous-Hanley-Imperial-Dinsmore, Swift Current-Herbert-Cabri-Kyle-Lucky Lake, and the Battlefords-Unity-Maidstone-St. Walburg.
At this point much of eastern Saskatchewan and northern Saskatchewan are not under the watch area.
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and move eastward.The risk of severe thunderstorms is expected to last into the evening. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Remember that severe thunderstorms can also produce tornadoes.
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall. Stay tuned for alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.