Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Montreal and its surrounding areas for this afternoon and evening.
“Conditions will be favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain,” reads the alert.
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The weather agency says that strong winds are expected, and are capable of tossing loose objects, damage buildings, break branches off trees, and overturn large vehicles.
“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,” warns Environment Canada.
The alert urges locals to continually monitor weather alerts and warns that heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year,” concludes the weather statement. “Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”
The alert, issued just after 11 am this morning, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
Temperatures are expected to feel like 33ºC throughout the day before dropping to 29ºC this evening and 24ºC overnight.