It looks like the last Wednesday of July is going to be wet.
This afternoon and evening, conditions will be “favourable” for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of “producing very strong wind gusts and large hail,” Environment Canada said.
The weather agency has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Montreal and its surrounding areas.
The alert says thunderstorm watches are issued when the development of large hail, damaging winds, and torrential rainfall becomes possible.
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Boaters are being warned that “strong wind gusts” may surprise them over bodies of water.
The weather agency says that strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees, and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can also cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
“Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year,” the alert said. “Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”
The alert, issued just after 11:20 am on Wednesday morning, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
Temperatures are expected to hover around the 30-degree mark throughout the day and wind gusts could top out at 25 km/h.
Environment Canada asks locals to continually monitor weather updates once an alert has been issued.