You can feel the heat and you can feel the humidity, so it likely comes as little surprise that it's going to rain something fierce today in Southern Quebec.

In fact, Environment Canada thinks it's going to be so bad they've actually issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for several parts of the region.

They've noted that "conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms" in a handful of areas across Southern Quebec.

Environment Canada makes a point of alerting Canadians about severe thunderstorms because they bring with them the risk of "strong wind gusts and heavy rain."

In addition to the expected wind and rain, thunderstorms also bring with them the danger of lightning and atmospheric conditions that could result in hail and flash flooding. 

A "Watch" is issued when conditions are favourable for severe weather, and it will get updated to a "Warning" when those conditions develop into actual severe weather or as certainty increases about the "path and strength of a storm system."

You can keep up to speed with these impending thunderstorms by following the hashtag #QCstorm on Twitter and Instagram.

Environment Canada notes that strong winds, which accompany severe thunderstorms, have the ability to "toss loose objects" and cause significant damage to property, including taking down trees or branches from trees.

The following regions are currently under the Storm Watch: 

- Beauce

- Charlevoix

- Drummondville / Bois-Francs

- Eastern Townships

- La Tuque

- Lac-Saint-Jean

- Laurentians Wildlife Reserve

- Mauricie

- Montmagny / L'Islet

- Québec

- Saguenay


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In Montreal, we can expect some serious rain as well, though perhaps not as severe as the regions mentioned above.

By 2PM we'll have seen some rain already, and as we reported last week, it's also going to be pretty sticky and sweaty, with humidex temperatures reaching 37°C.

More of the same in the afternoon, with humidex temperatures remaining in the mid-30s and rain continuing into the early evening.

The good news is that it is expected to drop down to 17°C overnight, so while it might seem warm when you go to bed, you'll want those windows open cause the break in heat will come eventually. 

Not that it's going to last... The Weather Network is calling for a humidex of 36°C for Montreal tomorrow, along with more thunderstorms.


You can keep up to date with Weather Notices from Environment Canada at their webpage here.

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