Thunderstorms possible later at the Jersey Shore

    A July 2013 thunderstorm over Ocean Grove

    A July 2013 thunderstorm over Ocean Grove

    Storms are possible later this afternoon into the evening hours amid the ongoing heat and humidity, forecasters say. 

    Shower and thunderstorm chances will begin increasing during the late afternoon and linger through around sunset should they develop, according to the National Weather Service.

    The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center places Monmouth County in the “slight” risk category for severe thunderstorms, implying that scattered severe storms that are “short-lived and/or not widespread” are possible.

    According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the local National Weather Service office, the primary hazards are strong winds and locally heavy rain. 

    The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center places the remainder of the Shore in the “marginal risk” category for severe thunderstorm development, meaning a chance of “severe storms of either limited organization and longevity, or very low coverage and marginal intensity.”

    NOAA defines a severe thunderstorm as producing hail at least one of the following: hail at one-inch in diameter, a wind gust of 58 miles per hour or greater, or a tornado. 

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