May 29, 2015 - 4:38 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Environment Canada has ended the severe thunderstorm watch for the Thompson-Okanagan.
The severe thunderstorm warning for the North Okanagan, including the city of Vernon, was ended an hour earlier.
Meteorologists were tracking a severe thunderstorm Friday afternoon capable of producing strong wind gusts, up to penny-size hail and heavy rain in the North Okanagan. The thunderstorms weakened and moved out of by 4:30 p.m.
Environment Canada's severe thunderstorm watch covered the Okanagan, North Thompson and Shuswap areas, as well as several Central Interior regions, on Friday. The weather office said conditions were favourable for the development of a dangerous storm capable of producing torrential rain.
Temperatures were expected to reach between 25 to 28 Celsius throughout the region today, with a chance of rain and risk of a thunderstorm in areas both covered and not covered by the current watch.
Temperatures are forecast to reach as high as 29 C on Saturday and 27 C on Sunday. There is currently a 40 per cent chance of rain with risk of a thunderstorm for the Vernon and Kelowna areas Saturday while Sunday should be sunny throughout the Southern Interior. Normal high temperatures at this time of year are in the low 20s.
A severe storm last Saturday caused flash flooding in Cache Creek. The community is still under a local state of emergency though most evacuation orders have been rescinded.
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— This story was updated at 2:10 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 to include information about the severe thunderstorm warning.
— This story was updated at 4:37 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 to say the severe thunderstorm warning for the North Okanagan had been ended.
— This story was updated at 5:47 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 to say the severe thunderstorm watch for the Thompson-Okanagan had ended.
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