Forecasters: Severe Thunderstorms Could Bring Lime-Sized Hail, Damaging Winds

The weather might seem perfect now, but a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the region through 11 p.m. Here's what you need to know.

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The weather might seem positively blissful this Tuesday afternoon — but you’ll probably want to take cover in just a short while.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area, in effect until 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Forecasters say serious storms expected to start after 5 p.m. could bring flash flooding, lime-sized hail (no, that’s not a typo for dime), and 80-mph wind gusts. Plus, a tornado or two is possible — though not especially likely.

Humidity and heat are expected to build throughout the evening as storms develop in New York and northern Pennsylvania before heading southeast, according to the NWS. There’s still some uncertainty regarding the storms, but the NWS says the primary/most probable risks in Philadelphia and the surrounding region include strong winds, large hail (up to 2 inches in diameter possible) and flash-flooding.

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for storms — so you should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions. Be sure to check with the NWS for the latest updates.