A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for most of Vancouver Island Monday, adding to smoke and heat alerts that cover other parts of B.C.
Environment Canada issued the watch for the north, east and inland sections of the island at around 12:40 p.m. PT, saying that conditions were ripe for thunderstorms “that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.”
It is advising residents to go indoors when they hear thunder.
On Sunday, the B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS) had said that forecast lightning could lead to new fire starts across the island due to the extended drought that has left forests susceptible to fires.
The provincial wildfire map shows at least
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