Severe thunderstorm watches issued across Southwest

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Environment Canada has issued a widespread Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Southwest Saskatchewan, with the potential of severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening.

In the Southwest, the watch is issued for the following forecast areas: Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake; Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills; Leader - Gull Lake; Assiniboia - Gravelbourg - Coronach; Kindersley - Rosetown - Biggar - Wilkie - Macklin; Moose Jaw - Pense - Central Butte - Craik; plus the Outlook - Watrous - Hanley - Imperial - Dinsmore regions.

Environment Canada reports conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

"A low pressure system tracking into Saskatchewan is expected to trigger thunderstorms this afternoon over a large portion of southern Saskatchewan. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe with the primary threats being strong wind gusts and large hail," the Watch states.

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Swift Current, Lucky Lake Maple Creek Val Marie Gull Lake Gravelbourg Rosetown Moose Jaw Butte Southern Saskatchewan

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