Severe thunderstorm watches in place for B.C. Interior as fire risk stays high

Much of B.C.’s Interior is being warned about the risk of severe thunderstorms Thursday, as an unsettled weather system rolls north from the United States and amplifies fire risk.

Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm watches for much of the region, from the Prince George area down to the Similkameen, Okanagan and the Kootenays.

The weather agency said “conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.”

“Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops,” the alert read.

Fire risk high to extreme

Fire risk in the same area of the province is mostly high, with pockets of extreme risk

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