We saw several tornado warnings in eastern Quebec on Thursday afternoon as a cold front sparked severe thunderstorms across the Gaspé Peninsula. While all tornado warnings have since expired, more severe storms are possible through the early evening hours. More on the severe threat, below.
THURSDAY: HEAT, HUMIDITY LINGERS, THREAT FOR SEVERE STORMS AND TORNADOES
A cold front will sweep across the region by Thursday night into Friday, bringing with it the risk for severe thunderstorms across some areas on Thursday afternoon and evening.
The areas at greatest risk for severe storm development will be in eastern Quebec, extending into New Brunswick. Strong winds, large hail, heavy rainfall, and one or two tornadoes are possible in the strongest storms.
"There is also the threat of supercells that could develop, which are rotating thunderstorms," warns Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
A warm and humid air mass will remain parked over Eastern Canada Thursday, with daytime highs soaring into the 30s for some and the humidex making it feel like the upper 30s and even close to or at 40.
"Extreme heat affects everyone," warns Environment Canada. "Shade yourself with an umbrella or a wide-brimmed hat."
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Check back for the latest on the severe storms across Quebec.