Severe thunderstorm watch issued across East Kootenay, Okanagan Valley. (File photo)

Severe thunderstorm watch issued across East Kootenay, Okanagan Valley. (File photo)

Thunderstorms threaten North Okanagan, Shuswap

Environment Canada issues weather warning Monday

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the North Okanagan and parts of the Shuswap.

Environment Canada issued a warning around 11 a.m. July 5 describing favourable conditions for strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

A heat warning is still in effect for the region and the federal agency warns that hot and dry conditions may lead to dry lightning for some areas.

Thompson-Nicola, Shuswap, Vernon area, Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lake, northern Kootenay Lake and East Kootenay-North, including Invermere, are all included in the warning.

Activity is expected sometime today and into early evening, Environment Canada says.

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