UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watch ended, again

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - For the second day in a row the risk of severe thunderstorms in the Interior passed before any damage could be done.

Much of the region received at least some rain overnight or this morning. While it stopped by mid-morning, a 30-40 per cent chance of showers remains tonight.

Environment Canada issued the severe thunderstorm watch just after 10 a.m., warning conditions are favourable for a storm bringing strong winds, large hail and heavy rain Wednesday afternoon and evening, but removed the watch just before 6 p.m.

Watches were issued for much of the Interior, including the Central, North and South Okanagan, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, North and South Thompson, Shuswap and Similkameen areas.

The watch came just a day after meteorologists warned a system developing in Washington could also bring severe storms to the Okanagan. Those storms never did develop either.

Temperatures are still expected to reach normal highs of 28-29 Celsius throughout the region over the next couple of days. A chance of rain with a risk of thunderstorms remains in the forecast for Wednesday evening and Thursday followed by a 40-60 per cent chance of showers Friday and Saturday.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

 — This story was updated at 6:02 p.m., Aug. 13, 2014 once the watch ended.


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