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Risk for severe storms to develop this afternoon and tonight

Posted at 11:41 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 11:41:51-04

CLEVELAND — There is a small risk for severe storms Tuesday afternoon and night, according to Power of 5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson.

A weak frontal boundary will stay close to Lake Erie and Northern Ohio Tuesday. Temperatures are really going to heat up. Highs will top out in the lower 90s in many spots.

This heat, the weak front, plus lots of humidity streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico will make the environment prime for pop-up thunderstorms in the afternoon. While these storms shouldn't be widespread, any storm that does form will be capable of brief heavy rains and wind gusts above 50 mph.

A line of thunderstorms may develop over Canada late Tuesday evening and then slide south across Lake Erie into Ohio Tuesday night, mainly after 10 p.m. A couple of those storms could also produce damaging winds.