Regina under severe thunderstorm watch

It is only a watch and not a warning, but Environment Canada has a severe thunderstorm watch out for the Regina, Moose Jaw, Humboldt, Estevan and Weyburn areas.

Thunderstorm watches are also in effect for the Assiniboia-Coronach region. That area has already seen severe weather during storms last week that brought three tornadoes to the area.

Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang said there’s no relief in site for the area.

“We’re looking for a bit of a break on Saturday, but again on Sunday, we’re looking for another trough of low pressure to swing through the province, and that will probably bring another bout of severe weather across southern Saskatchewan unfortunately,” Lang said. “We are just right in the heart of severe weather season, so (it’s) not unexpected, but certainly unfortunate for those people trying to get cleaned up down there.”

Lang said warnings could still be issued, depending on how bad the storm gets.

“We see the ingredients are there for severe weather, which is why the watches are out,” Lang said. “We usually wait until we can see something develop on radar or we start getting reports from people that severe weather has developed, and that’s when those warnings go out.”

Conditions are favourable for some severe thunderstorms accompanied by hail and strong winds to develop before the day is over.

The forecast for Regina is calling for  some late afternoon thundershowers with more showers expected Friday night before the sky clears for sunshine on Saturday.

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