Just a few more days until we are celebrating Canada’s birthday! While we're all hoping for a good long weekend, it looks like some wild weather may be coming to parts of the country to dampen the mood. In store for Alberta and BC's weather forecast is severe thunderstorms with a risk of large hail, tornados, and flash floods, Environment Canada warns. And they're not the only provinces that faced tornado warnings this week. 

The weather warnings just won’t end. Just a couple days ago, Environment Canada issued warnings for large hail and strong winds for parts of BC and Alberta. Now, Environment Canada is back with their alerts and issuing even scarier and more intense advisories!

According to the Environment Canada website, parts of Alberta and BC will be getting hit with some severe thunderstorms. These storms have the potential of leading to large hail, tornados, and flash floods, just in time for the long weekend. 

As of publication time, five regions in Alberta are currently under severe rainfall and thunderstorm watches and warnings. These weather warnings are stating that heavy rain and large hail is capable of being produced.

The heavy downpours have the possibility of causing flash floods and water pooling on roads. Along with this, lightning is a possibility so be sure to stay inside when it hits!

Environment Canada is also warning that under these unfavourable conditions, thunderstorms can produce tornados. 

The following Alberta areas are under a severe thunderstorm watch: 

  • Bonnyville - St. Paul - Cold Lake - Lac La Biche
  • Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville - Redwater - Smoky Lake
  • Westlock - Barrhead - Athabasca

According to The Weather Network, conditions in the prairies are “very tornadic.” Their website states that “high CAPE (convective available potential energy), ample moisture and backed winds with good shear -- that is, winds changing direction and speed with height -- will make this region primed for supercells, which could produce tornadoes.”

While the strongest storms are developing over regions of Saskatchewan, there is still a risk in Alberta. Just yesterday, Saskatchewan had "dangerous and potentially life-threatening" tornado warnings.  

Three of the five Alberta areas listed by Environment Canada are under rainfall warnings. These rainfall warnings are calling for a large amount of rain anywhere from 50 to 75 mm. This is especially dangerous when driving as it can reduce visibility and create flooding. 

The following Alberta areas are under rainfall warnings:

  • Hinton - Grande Cache
  • Westlock - Barrhead - Athabasca
  • Whitecourt - Edson - Fox Creek - Swan Hills

Altogether, 15 areas in BC are also being told to look out for severe thunderstorms. These warnings are calling for heavy rain, strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain. 

Along with this comes the potential of heavy downpours that cause flash flooding. Unlike Alberta, BC is not being warned about the possibility of tornados. 

The following BC areas are being impacted by a severe thunderstorm watch: 

  • Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lake 
  • BC Peace River 
  • Boundary 
  • Bulkley Valley and the Lakes District
  • Fraser Canyon
  • Fraser Valley
  • McGregor 
  • Nicole 
  • Okanagan Valley 
  • Prince George 
  • Shuswap 
  • Similkameen 
  • South Thompson 
  • Stuart - Nechako 
  • Williston 

However, not all places in Canada will be getting severe thunderstorms. Ontario has been issued a heat warning as temperature highs will be hitting 40°C! Environment Canada has issued a warning for this extreme heat, stating that while it will cool down by nighttime, keeping your air conditioning on full crank during the day may be something to consider. 

Regardless of the weather, Mother Nature can’t stop us from having a wicked Canada Day long weekend! Just be sure to use caution if you are in the BC and Alberta areas. 

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