UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watch ended

Severe thunderstorms could develop over the Southern Interior this afternoon.

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A system threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the region this afternoon is no longer a concern according to Environment Canada.

Meteorologists warned the system, which was developing over Washington, could produce wind gusts in excess of 70 kilometres per hour and dump 15 millimetres of rain in a short period of time, which could have led to localized flooding. Hail and intense lightning were also possible.

The watch had been issued for all of the Okanagan, including Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon as well as the Nicola and Similkameen regions just after 10 a.m. but was retracted around 4:15 p.m.

Temperatures were expected to reach between 33-35 Celsius today along with a 30-40 per cent chance of showers either during the day or overnight. Much of the region is expecting showers tomorrow along with cooler temperatures of 24-25 C.

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— This story was updated at 4:29 p.m. when the watch ended.

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