More rain and thunderstorms target flooded areas of Alberta

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More rain and thunderstorms target flooded areas of Alberta
More rain and thunderstorms target flooded areas of Alberta

Clean-up begins after days of heavy rain and wind across southern Alberta, with the City of Calgary still in a state of local emergency. Forecasters are already watching the next system however, one which could spark severe thunderstorms Thursday and threaten more locally heavy rain. The storm threat will persist across the south on Friday, as extreme heat builds in time for the weekend. More on the storm impacts and timing, below.

THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY: THREAT FOR MORE HEAVY RAIN WITH ONGOING THUNDERSTORM RISK

An incoming low pressure system will spark thunderstorms along the foothills and into the Elbow region of Alberta on Thursday, with the potential for some of these storms to turn severe into the evening hours.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the late afternoon and early evening for northwestern parts of the province, with locally heavy rain and lightning the primary threats in these storms.

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A few isolated storms are forecast to develop along the southern foothills into the early evening hours, where atmospheric dynamics are more favourable to strengthen storms to severe limits. Large hail and strong wind gusts would be the primary threats as the incoming jet stream over the southern Rockies will likely help to enhance storm development.

By Friday, southern parts of the province, primarily towards the foothills, will once again have the chance for severe thunderstorms to develop. Towards the northwest, more rainfall is forecast to hit the Elbow region.

Extreme heat will be present in southeastern parts of the province Friday, with a couple days of extremely hot and humid weather spreading from west to east across the southern Prairies this weekend. Daily temperature records and dangerous humidex values are likely.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the storm potential across Alberta.

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