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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Guelph and Waterloo Region as well as Wellington, Perth and Huron Counties. Getty Images

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Peterborough and surrounding area on Thursday afternoon.

Issued late Thursday morning, the statement says conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

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Environment Canada says there may be wind gusts up to 90 km/h along with heavy downpours and nickel-size hail.

The warning will be in effect Thursday afternoon and into the evening, encompassing Peterborough, Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County.

“Thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon ahead of a cold front tracking through the area,” Environment Canada states.

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