More thunderstorms, heavy rain later Tuesday

     Lightning striking near the Seaside Heights boardwalk on June 24, 2013. (Photo: JSHN contributor Jillian Speranza)

    Lightning striking near the Seaside Heights boardwalk on June 24, 2013. (Photo: JSHN contributor Jillian Speranza)

    More rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected to impact the Jersey Shore during the afternoon and evening hours Tuesday, forecasters say.

    The entire area is under a Flash Flood Watch until 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a bulletin issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ. 

    One to three inches of rain may fall rapidly, resulting in flash flooding, with isolated higher amounts possible. 

    Monmouth County and far northeast Ocean County, where more than three inches of rain fell late Monday, are “particularly vulnerable to flash flooding,” a National Weather Service bulletin advises. 

    Some of the storms that develop may become severe, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.

    The storms are “likely to be stronger than yesterday with potential for more extensive and greater damage,” a NWS bulletin advises.

    Forecasters expect the greatest severe weather threat to be damaging winds, although some hail is also possible. Pockets of widespread power outages are possible.

    The strongest activity will likely pass through the area during the early evening hours, but the threat for heavy rainfall will continue through the night.

    Then the warm, muggy air mass and threat of storms will end during the day on Wednesday as a cold front pushes out to sea, according to the National Weather Service.

    Dry air will build in Wednesday night through Thursday, with an increase in moisture Friday and the chance of precipitation next weekend.

    Temperatures at the shore are expected to top out in the low 80s throughout the week, according to NOAA.  

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