Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Interior

Stormy skies seen from Kelowna's Knox Mountain last week.

Get ready for a repeat of last week's torrential downpours. A system of cold air is moving in from the south with the potential to stir up trouble when it meets the hot air mass we had over the weekend.

Environment Canada has issued an advisory about possible thunderstorms today in areas of the B.C. Interior, including Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton and Vernon.

Meteorolgist Doug Lundquist says people should be keeping a close eye on the weather, especially if they're planning to be outdoors.

"It's a day where you want to watch the skies, you want to be careful going out on the lake," he says.

Should the storms hit while you're out in the open, Lundquist says to get to a nearby shelter.

Large hail, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and lightning are the main things expected with storms today.

"When thunder roars go indoors" is the motto Lundquist says to follow.

Lightening always demands extra caution, especially if you don't hear the first strike of thunder.

"You don't have to be struck directly. The ground current can hurt you or kill you," he says.

For now Environment Canada has just issued a watch, which means there's some potential for storms but they're not necessarily imminent.

While today is the most likely day for severe weather, Lundquist says heavy rainfall is forecasted for the Shuswap area and from Salmon Arm through to the Alberta border.

"The more interesting thing this week is heavy rains affecting parts of the province."

Wednesday through Thurday parts of the Southern Interior could get some very heavy rains.

"The River Forecast Centre is watching closely for how that might effect streamflow," Lundquist says, as well as the potential for landslides.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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