A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Bancroft area.

Environment Canada says conditions are becoming favourable for the development of a severe thunderstorm which could see strong gusts of wind, large hail and heavy rain.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop for this afternoon and carry on into the evening.

Environment Canada warns that strong winds can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break off tree branches and overturn large vehicles. While heavy downpours could cause flash-flooding and the pooling of water on roads.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.