By Zack Green

BOSTON (CBS) — The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of southern New England Tuesday afternoon until 10 p.m. A warm, tropical air mass (dew points near 70°) will be locked in place giving plenty of support to the thunderstorm potential.

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A fast-moving cold front will sweep through southern New England after lunchtime triggering the atmosphere. Seeing as this is such a quick mover, the concern will be focused on straight line winds and hail potential rather than the heavy rain of Sunday and Monday. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center bumped up the risk level and put all of New England under the “slight” category. This is level 2 of 5.

Tuesday’s storms will also be a more widespread. Folks from the Merrimack Valley to the South Coast will tap into this energy. While every thunderstorm could be dangerous, Tuesday seems to be the most active and potentially hazardous of this stormy stretch. Be sure to head indoors if you hear any rumbles.

Tuesday should be the final punch of severe weather for a few days. Wednesday will be a nice break and actually introduce a Fall feeling!

Zack Green