Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the areas of Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler, Caroline and Rocky Mountain House.
East-moving thunderstorms are forecast to develop along the foothills this afternoon.
There is potential for development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening with large hail, damaging winds and heavy downpours. The risk of severe weather is expected to continue into the late evening hours.
Residents are urged to monitor weather conditions and watch for updated statements.
If threatening weather approaches take immediate safety precautions.