Heat and severe thunderstorm warning in place for parts of Central Alberta

Much of Central Alberta under severe thunderstorm watch

Did you catch this week's thunderstorm? This reader photo was shared from Austin Hunt-Morrow.

Much of Central Alberta is under a severe thunderstorm watch Wednesday, with several areas in the region that could potentially see ping pong-sized hail, strong wind gusts and heavy rain.

At 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Red Deer County near Elnora and Delburne, as well as Pine Lake.

According to the warning, meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel to ping pong ball size hail and heavy rain.

The severe thunderstorm is located near Elnora and is moving slowly to the southeast.

While that region is expecting a big storm to roll through, conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms in the rest of Central Alberta. They may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain

Earlier in the day, the majority of Central Alberta was also placed under a heat warning.

Temperatures reaching 29 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near 14 degrees Celsius are expected for the next two days.

Daytime high temperatures around 29 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows of 14 to 16 degrees Celsius are expected Wednesday and Thursday.

Cooler temperatures are expected on the weekend.