It’s the hottest day of 2017 so far and the sun is shining, but there’s a dark cloud on the horizon for Metro Vancouver.
Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the region, warning of possible strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain.
Global News Meteorologist Mark Madryga says the sun should stick around until mid-afternoon Thursday, when building humidity could spark a storm.
“Then we will have the development of thunder clouds late afternoon through this evening. There’s a risk of a thunderstorm by about dinner time through the evening; a greater chance of thunder and lightning, especially in the Fraser Valley, but also for Metro Vancouver,” Madryga says.
“Along with that, the risk of hail right into the evening as well.”
Environment Canada says the storm could become severe over eastern sections of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and Whistler.
It is also warning of flash flooding and water pooling on roads in some areas.