UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watch ended

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The severe thunderstorm watch for today ended at 6:54 p.m. for all regions except Penticton, which saw the watch lifted just before 9 p.m.

Today marked the fifth day in the past 10 days a severe thunderstorm was issued for the region.

Environment Canada issued the severe thunderstorm watch Thursday morning for the entire Okanagan as well as Boundary, Nicola and South Thompson regions, noting the potential for heavy rain.

These thunderstorms could bring up to 15 millimetres of rainfall within an hour and are being forecast for this afternoon and evening.

The entire region currently faces a 60-70 per cent chance of showers today and a 60 to 100 per cent chance Friday, with a chance of thunderstorms both days. Highs will reach seasonal normals of 25-27 Celsius today but will drop to 19-23 C on Friday.

While a watch has been in place five out of 10 days recently, only three of those days saw an actual storm hit any part of the region.

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 9:19 p.m. when the severe thunderstorm watch ended.

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