Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm alerts for much of New Brunswick Thursday evening.
Severe thunderstorms are capable of producing large hail, heavy downpours and damaging winds, the weather agency says.
The regions under the weather watch include:
- Fredericton and Southern York County
- Grand Lake and Queens County
- Kent County
- Kouchibouguac National Park
- Miramichi and area
- Mount Carleton — Renous Highway
- Oromocto and Sunbury County
- Sussex, Kennebecasis Valley and Kings County
- Woodstock and Carleton County
Conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms ahead of an advancing cold front, the advisory states.
CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell says it's the muggy air that could fuel them.
A couple of thunderstorms drifted east toward Stanley late in the afternoon, he said.
There were also some lightning strikes and showers south of Edmundston and Campbellton.
A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for the Stanley, Doaktown and Blackville areas at about 5:30 p.m. AT, but was later lifted.
"Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes," the warning had stated.
"These storms are detected between Boiestown to McGivney and Grand Lake Road. The motion is eastward at 30 km/h," it said.
Alerts previously issued for the Acadian Peninsula, Bathurst and Chaleur region and Grand Falls and Victoria County have also been lifted.