UDPATE 7:10 p.m.
Environment Canada has lifted thunderstorm watch for the Thompson-Okanagan region at 7:07 p.m.
A watch remains in place for the Boundary region only, where a risk remains for slow moving thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain.
ORIGINAL 9:20 a.m.
Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Thompson-Okanagan region.
According to the weather agency, conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms with strong wind gusts and heavy rain.
“The primary hazard will be slow moving thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain nearing 15 to 20 mm per hour,” said a statement from Environment Canada.
The watch was put in place at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the South Thompson, Nicola, Okanagan Valley, Boundary and Central Okanagan regions. This includes the cities of Merritt, Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.