Thunderstorm expected to develop this afternoon

Watch out for lightning this afternoon, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the city.

Daytime heating will produce conditions favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could bring strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain lasting into the evening.

The hot spell Prince George has been experiencing the last week or so is expected to come to an end on Monday. After a high of 27 C today and an overnight low of 13 C, we’re headed for a high of 22 C on the B.C. Day holiday, just one degree below normal for this time of year.

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There’s a 70 per cent chance of showers on Monday, but the sun will return Tuesday and Wednesday with highs of 23C and 24C and lows of 11C and 10 C each day. A rainy Thursday is predicted with a high of only 17C and it could also be wet on Friday with a predicted high of 20C and a 60 per cent chance of showers.

That should help take down the forest fire hazard after a long hot dry spell that raised the mercury to 25 C or warmer seven of the past nine days. The hottest day of the year so far was Friday, when we reached 30 C.

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