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Thunderstorms forecast for multiple regions across B.C.

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WATCH: Meteorologist Kristi Gordon reminds viewers of safety precautions ahead of expected thunderstorms across B.C.'s south coast on Wednesday, August 10. – Aug 10, 2022

“Considerable” lightning strikes are expected across British Columbia Wednesday and Thursday, according to meteorologists.

Lightning is expected to hit West Vancouver Island Wednesday morning, as a cluster of thunderstorm cells developed over the Washington coastline Tuesday night and is moving northwestwards.

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Lightning is also expected in the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver, Similkameen, Nicola Valley, South Thompson, Okanagan and Shuswap regions.

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“Gusty wind will be associated with the thunderstorms as well,” said Global BC Meteorologist Mark Madryga.

“In B.C.’s Southern Interior, a lull in the weather will kick in later Wednesday but more thunderstorms are likely Thursday afternoon.”

According to Environment Canada’s lightning danger map, areas around the southwest side of Vancouver Island have the “greatest risk of being struck by lightning within 10 minutes,” as of 8:40 a.m. Wednesday.

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Lightning strikes will be monitored closely by the province as there are currently eight wildfires of note burning across B.C., many of which are being attributed to lightning strikes.

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Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuees hope cooler weather continues – Aug 9, 2022

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