After days of hot, sunny weather, Saskatchewan could be in for some nasty weather.
Environment Canada is calling for severe weather, mostly in southern Saskatchewan, beginning in the afternoon and continuing into the evening.
Meteorologist Terri Lang said it stems from a low-pressure system that developed in Alberta Sunday night, bringing large hail, even a brief tornado, to that province.
“We saw some (hail) as large as tennis balls reported yesterday,” she said on Monday. “We’re hoping not to get as large hail here in Saskatchewan today but certainly, the possibility exists for the severe storm to develop.”
Lang explained Alberta typically sees larger hail due to its proximity to the mountains. But she said that doesn’t mean Saskatchewan won’t see severe weather in its own right.
“Thunderstorms for sure, and of course, with thunderstorms, there is an inherent danger due to lightning,” she said.
Lang also explained Saskatchewan could see heavy downpours and strong winds. Environment Canada is also keeping an eye on the possibility of a tornado.
Lang said the southern part of the province is particularly at risk for the storm.
She warned people to be prepared later on in the day and have a plan. She said if you’re out, pack up and leave before the storm hits.
Tuesday and Wednesday will also be unstable weather-wise. Environment Canada calls for showers and thundershowers on Tuesday, but said they will be less severe.
The hot sun will return towards the end of the week.
Hot before the storm
Southwest Saskatchewan saw a heat warning issued Monday morning.
Under new criteria, heat warnings are issued if the daytime high is at 30 C or above, the humidex is at 38 C or above, or the overnight low is at 16 C or above, over two days.
“Because tomorrow is not expected to be hot, as hot, for many parts of the province, we don’t expect (the heat warning) to be expanded, just because of that two-day criteria,” Lang explained.
– With files from Britton Gray.