Forecasters hoist Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portion of the Shore

     A lightning strike near the Seaside Height boardwalk as captured by JSHN contributor Jillian Speranza on June 24, 2013.

    A lightning strike near the Seaside Height boardwalk as captured by JSHN contributor Jillian Speranza on June 24, 2013.

    A frontal boundary interacting with an unstable air mass over the region could potentially spark some severe thunderstorms through early Thursday evening, forecasters say. 

    The Jersey Shore is under control of hot, hazy, and humid conditions, and showers and thunderstorms will be possible anywhere at anytime, according to the National Weather Service. 

    Some of the thunderstorms could become severe. Accordingly, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Monmouth and Ocean counties.

    Storms are possible elsewhere but the National Weather Service does not envision severe weather in Atlantic and Cape May counties as of mid-afternoon. 

    Some of the storms could reach severe levels, featuring damaging winds, heavy rain, and cloud-to-ground lightning. The threat will begin to diminish after sunset. 

    Forecasters say the National Weather Service adage — “when thunder roars, go indoors” — applies today.

    Anyone enjoying the outdoors, especially on the beaches and boardwalks, should move indoors when storms approach. 

    Another round of storms is possible Friday before clearing conditions at night through early Saturday morning. The weekend weather looks fantastic. 

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.