(National Weather Service)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The National Weather Service warned that there was potential for heavy rain, flash flooding, and severe thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening Tuesday. A Flash Flood Watch was in effect for the Boston area through the evening, and a severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 7 p.m.
The peak timing for the storms, which could also bring strong-to-damaging winds, was between noon and 6 p.m. WBZ-TV's Barry Burbank said the storms would hit the Boston area around the evening commute, and would be fueled even more by the oppressive heat.
"Thunderstorms are already rolling across parts of northern New England and down across New York State, and they're pretty potent already this time of the morning, so as we get into the afternoon, they'll probably become even more potent," he said.
Flash Flood Watch now includes the Boston and Providence corridor. With widespread t'storms today, 1"-2" of rain is expected in a short period of time. Some places could see 2"-4" with rainfall rates around 2"/hr. This could lead to localized flash flooding, esp. in urban areas. pic.twitter.com/1HclQBMWfi— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) July 17, 2018
Burbank said there was also a possibility of hail.
"The other thing is going to be the potential wind gusts, and some of those wind gusts may be damaging in scattered spots," Burbank said. "There's a low risk of a tornado, but it can't be ruled out completely."
In addition to the rain, storms, and wind, heat indices were also expected to be high across the Commonwealth. The NWS said the indices could reach between 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Heat Advisory was issued for parts of Eastern Massachusetts including Boston.
Burbank also said that a lot more rain was expected for next week.