Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Red Deer and parts of central Alberta

Favourable conditions for thunderstorms producing strong wind gusts, large hail and rain in central Alberta Thursday.

The severe thunderstorm watch, issued by Environment Canada around 1 p.m. Thursday, is for the City of Red Deer, Red Deer County near Elnora, Penhold, Pine Lake and Sylvan Lake, as well as Lacombe County near Blackfalds and Eckville.

Also included in the watch are Camrose County near Bashaw and the County of Stettler near Big Valley, Stettler, Byemoor and Donalda.

Environment Canada website states Red Deerians can expect a cloudy afternoon with 60 per cent chance of showers.

Friday will bring a clear morning in the city with a high of 24 C with UV index of 8 or very high.

Environment Canada also noted 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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