Environment Canada has changed this morning’s thunderstorm watch to a thunderstorm warning.
Meteorologists are tracking a line of severe storms capable of producing dangerously strong wind gusts, heavy rainfall and even nickel-size hail.
The warning was put into effect at 5:25 pm and extends from the Greater Montreal are to Hemmingford and is slated to continue eastward.
According to Environment Canada, the heavy downpour is likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on the roads.
The forecast expects the thunderstorms to continue into this evening as a heat wave moves through Southern Quebec. The dangerous temperatures will persist through until tomorrow afternoon when the downfall is expected to subside.
Coupled with wind gusts of 28 km/h, Montreal and its surrounding areas is expecting between 30-44 mm of rain, causing limited visibility and dangerous road conditions.
“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” says the weather statement.
“Hail and locally heavy rain are also possible. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.”
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.
Continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada and be safe out there.