If you were feeling the heavy humid air this morning then you probably already guessed that we're expecting a pretty serious thunderstorm in Southern Quebec later today.

So serious, in fact, that Environment Canada has just issued a Severe Thunderstorm watch for several regions across Southern Quebec.

In the warning they also mention that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes and that conditions in the regions listed below are favourable for the development of these kinds of weather systems. 

All of the regions mentioned below fall under Environment Canada's Severe Thunderstorm Watch which warns Quebecers to be aware that "lightning kills and injures Canadians every year."

They also remind people in the regions mentioned that "when thunder roars, go indoors!"

You can also monitor the alerts and forecasts, as well and reporting of the storm online with the hashtag #QCstorm.

The regions included in the warning are as follows:

- Abitibi

- La Tuque

- La Vérendyre Wildlife Reserve

- Lachute

- Saint-Jérôme

- Lanaudière

- Laurentians

- Mauricie

- Mont-Laurier

- Mont-Tremblant Park

- Saint-Michel-des-Saints

- Parent

- Gouin Reservoir

- Pontiac

- Upper Gatineau

- Liévre

- Papineau


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Environment Canada explains that Severe Thunderstorm Watches are issued "when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall."

They also note that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes if conditions are right. 

To read the full Environment Canada weather alert, head to their Public Weather Alerts for Quebec south page here.

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