Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire Kawarthas region for Wednesday afternoon and evening (July 20).
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and large hail.
The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Peterborough County, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and Hastings County.
Thunderstorms are expected to affect the area beginning late Wednesday afternoon. The main hazard will be damaging wind gusts up to 100 km/h, with the possibility of nickel-sized hail.
There is some uncertainty as to how far east the risk of severe weather will continue on Wednesday evening.
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.