A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for western Manitoba.

The storm, developing along the Manitoba Escarpment, is expected to slowly track southeast, creating conditions favourable for torrential rain, strong wind gusts and large hail, according to Environment Canada.

As a result, severe thunderstorm watches have been issued for:

  • RM of Dauphin including Sifton and Valley River​
  • RM of Ethelbert including Ethelbert and Garland
  • RM of Gilbert Plains including Gilbert Plains and Ashville
  • RM of Grandview including Valley River First Nation
  • RM of Hillsburg including Shortdale Bield and Merridale
  • RM of Mossey River including Winnipegosis and Fork River
  • RM of Ochre River including Ochre River and Mackinak
  • RM of Shell River, including Roblin Markaroff and Boggy Creek.
  • ​RM of Shellmouth-Boulton including Asessippi Provincial Park
  • Duck Mountain Prov. Park and Prov. Forest
  • Pelican Rapids and Shoal River First Nations
  • Porcupine Prov. Forest
  • RM of Minitonas including Minitonas and Renwer
  • RM of Mountain including Cowan and Camperville
  • RM of Mountain including Mafeking and Birch River
  • RM of Swan River including Bowsman and Benito
  • Westgate Red Deer Lake and Barrows
  • Municipality of Shoal Lake, including Shoal Lake and Oakburn
  • Jackhead First Nation
  • Moose Creek Prov. Forest Pine Dock and Matheson Island

Severe thunderstorm watches have also been issued for:

  • RM of Archie including McAuley Manson and Willen
  • RM of Birtle including Foxwarren and Solsgirth
  • RM of Blanshard including Oak River and Cardale
  • RM of Clanwilliam including Erickson
  • RM of Ellice including St-Lazare
  • RM of Hamiota including McConnell and Lavinia
  • RM of Harrison including Sandy Lake and Newdale
  • RM of Langford including Neepawa and Hallboro
  • RM of Miniota including Miniota and Bird Tail Creek First Nation
  • RM of Minto including Minnedosa and Clanwilliam
  • RM of Odanah south of Minnedosa including Moore Park
  • RM of Park including Onanole
  • RM of Rosedale including Eden and Kelwood
  • RM of Rossburn including Waywayseecappo First Nation
  • RM of Russell including Binscarth and Gambler First Nation
  • RM of Saskatchewan including Rapid City and Basswood
  • RM of Silver Creek including Angusville and Silverton
  • RM of Strathclair including Strathclair and Elphinstone
  • RM of Alonsa including Amaranth and Sandy Bay First Nation
  • RM of Alonsa including Cayer and Crane River
  • RM of Alonsa including Eddystone and Ebb and Flow First Nation
  • RM of Glenella including Glenella
  • RM of Lakeview including Langruth and Lakeland
  • RM of Lansdowne including Arden and Tenby
  • RM of Lawrence including Rorketon and Toutes Aides
  • RM of McCreary including McCreary and Norgate
  • ​RM of Ste. Rose including Ste. Rose du Lac and Laurier
  • RM of Westbourne including Gladstone and Plumas

Weather watches are an alert about weather conditions that are favourable for a storm or severe weather, which could cause safety concerns.

As certainty increases about the path and strength of a storm system, a watch may be upgraded to a warning, which is an urgent message that severe weather is either occurring or will occur.