From heat warning to thunderstorm warning

It was hot yesterday, but we didn’t set any records. According to Environment Canada we topped out at 31.5 degrees Celsius yesterday, just half a degree short of the record 32 degrees Celsius set in 1982.

But the fun isn’t over. We go jump out of the frying pan and into the fire today.

Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.

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.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.