By Zack Green

BOSTON (CBS) – After a cool stretch for Independence Day Weekend, summer is making a strong comeback on Tuesday with spiking heat and strong storms. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for much of the state until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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TIMING

While some storms rolled through the region near sunrise, the core of this concern will be 1-8pm.

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The strongest cells likely pop up from 3-6pm. This will lead to slower travel times for the evening commute.

THREATS

Main concern will be heavy rain and gusty winds. The rain fall rates may be high enough that it leads to urban flooding and large puddles.

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Be sure to avoid any high water to remain safe on the ride home. Wind gusts will exceed 40 mph within these storms. This is strong enough to bring down limbs, branches, and even trees. Outages are possible as well. With frequent lightning strikes, if you hear a rumble of thunder be sure to head indoors.

HEAT

A Heat Advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday for the areas shaded in orange. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel 94-99° Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

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Be sure to stay cool with the air conditioning running. This is not the time to do strenuous outdoor activity. A reminder to check on your elderly family, friends, and neighbors. Also, pets shouldn’t be outdoors for too long.

ELSA IMPACT

As the heat drops off on Thursday, we’ll be tracking Tropical Storm Elsa’s closest pass to southern New England. At this point, heavy rain and high surf are the predominant threats.

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The WBZ Weather Team will be keeping a very close eye on this storm!

Zack Green