Environment Canada has issued a series of severe thunderstorm watch alerts for southern Quebec. "Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain," the public agency states on its website.
"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," Environment Canada continues.
10 regions fall under the current watch. They are listed below:
The map below from Environment Canada depicts the affected areas:
Environment Canada has issued an additional severe thunderstorm warning in the Mauricie region.
The agency releases announcements according to three degrees of severity. Warnings and watches are the two most urgent of the alerts.
The Weather Network elaborates by explaining that rising heat and humidity are to blame for the current conditions.
Environment Canada advises people in the affected areas to "take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!"
This is not Quebec's first brush with severe weather this season. In the past week, alone, Environment Canada has released several severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for parts of the province. At times, these conditions have created potential for the development of tornadoes.
Already this year, at least one tornado has struck the province. The small twister caused minor damage to properties in Ottawa and Gatineau.
This current end of June heat will eventually subside, however. Meteorologists project that July will be much cooler than usual.
Read more about the current warning and watches on the Environment Canada website here.