Move along heat warning as Calgary welcomes back severe thunderstorm watches

Calgary's skyline as seen from Nose Hill Park moments before it was taken over by stormy clouds on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Calgary is under a severe thunderstorm watch. Remember those?

After a brief reprieve from several days of heat warnings, the city re-enters familiar territory as Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch on Thursday afternoon.

The government weather agency says conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms developing this afternoon that may produce “strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.”

“Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” Environment Canada warns. “Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.”

Areas south and east of the city, including Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Drumheller, Three Hills, Okotoks, High River and Claresholm, are still under heat warnings, while the serve thunderstorm watch covers areas north including Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre. The thunderstorms are expected to progress eastwards as the afternoon and evening goes on.

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