Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms in the southeast that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain.

An area of thunderstorms will develop over southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba this afternoon, some of which may become severe.

These storms will push east through the afternoon and evening.

The main threats will be strong winds, large hail, and heavy rain, with the possibility of an isolated tornado. 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.

Severe thunderstorms can be capable of producing tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

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, and torrential rainfall.

Environment Canada asks people to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts through the day.