Storm watch on again in Kamloops

By Chad Harris / James Peters
July 18, 2016 - 10:17am Updated: July 18, 2016 - 11:35am

KAMLOOPS — After several thunderstorm watches and warnings for the South Thompson last week, another severe thunderstorm watch has been enacted for today.

Forecaster Matt MacDonald says localized storm clouds will push up from Washington by early afternoon.

"These types of thunderstorms, that we call 'pulse thunderstorms' have the potential to deliver heavy downpours, upwards of 15mm or maybe 20mm. So there is the possibility of localized landslides, and also some strong winds," explained MacDonald.

MacDonald says there will be some lightning activity as well.

"Looking at the satellite and radar imagery, there are some good thunderstorms moving north out of Washington state, and we are expecting those to reach the Southern Interior by early this afternoon."

He notes storm activity is expected to continue in the region through the end of Tuesday.

"We are starting to see a transition, so it's hot and humid with that circulation coming in from the south. Those are really the two key ingredients for thunderstorms, heat and humidity. So that pattern will be with us through tomorrow."

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