WEST CARLETON – Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch running right beside the current heat advisory still in effect.
“Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain,” Environment Canada released in a statement just before 2 p.m. today (June 22). “Thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. The main threat is heavy rain.”
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak 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.
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Currently, West Carleton is firmly entrenched in a heat advisory as temperatures have been in the low 30-degree Celsius range for the last several days and not expected to dissipate until tomorrow evening (June 23).
“Humidex values reaching 33 are expected for the next two days,” Environment Canada said this afternoon. “A warm and increasingly humid airmass will continue to dominate the area. Heat warning criteria is expected to be reached through Tuesday.”
Significantly cooler temperatures are expected to arrive Tuesday night.