Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorms watches in several regions of Quebec this afternoon. "Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain," according to a statement.

The watches concern Drummondville-Bois-Francs, the Eastern Townships, La Tuque, and Mauricie. 

"Strong wind gusts" as a result of severe thunderstorms "can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops."

"Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes," the statement continues.

These severe thunderstorm watches are the latest indication that we have entered summer weather patterns. Though if the thunderstorms do manifest, they would not be the first instance of extreme weather to strike the province this year.

At the beginning of this month, a small tornado struck the Ottawa-Gatineau region, snapping trees and damaging small structures like sheds and fences. The first confirmed tornado to hit Canada this year touched down west of Edmonton, Alberta on April 26th.


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The city of Montreal has also begun to prepare for extreme heat events this year. In 2018, 66 people died in the city as a result of abnormally high temperatures. In the longterm, a report suggests, Montreal will have to "increase vegetation coverage" to mitigate the effects of heat.

"Public health recommends targeting people and places at highest risk by adapting an intervention involving municipal and community partners as well as the health network." It "also suggests rapidly greening living environments by creating temporary planting zones," the report states.

Stay tuned to MTLBlog and Environment Canada for updates on the developing weather situation.

The Weather Network, meanwhile, forecasts periods of sunshine, light showers, and temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees in the Montreal area.

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