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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Shuswap and North Thompson

FILE. Environment Canada is calling for rain, plus thunder and lightning.
August 17, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Get ready for some more intense weather if you live in the Shuswap or North Thompson.

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for those areas, saying the potential storm may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

"Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles," the national meteorological agency said.

The storm is following a couple of hot days, where records were broken.

Environment Canada meteorologist Colin Tam says high-temperature records were shattered in several Southern Interior communities yesterday as the mercury soared under a strong ridge of high-pressure building over the Southern Interior.

Cache Creek set a new high temperature of 39.8 Celsius, breaking the old record of 38.9 C, set in 1967, with records going back to 1912.

Penticton also set a new record of 36.5 C, smashing the old record of 35.6 C, set in 1967. Penticton records go back to 1907.

Summerland reached 36.8 C yesterday, Aug. 16, breaking the old record of 36.5 C set in 2008. Summerland records date back to 1907.


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