Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for the East Kootenay region. Trevor Crawley photo.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for the East Kootenay region. Trevor Crawley photo.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for East Kootenay

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Upper Columbia, East Kootenay and Elk Valley regions for Friday afternoon (July 29).

A severe thunderstorm watch is typically issued when conditions can produce weather phenomenon such as large hail, damaging winds or torrential rainfall.

The severe thunderstorm watch comes amid a scorching heat wave across much of the province, as lightning was blamed for a number of fires that sparked across the Southeast Fire Centre a week ago.