The areas under the greatest threat are those along and to the west of Interstate 95, forecasters wrote. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain.
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A thunderstorm containing heavy rain Saturday night caused minor flooding in Normal and northern McLean County, which prompted an initial flash flood warning. Isolated tornadoes and locally large hail are also possible.
An approaching cold front is bringing the stormy weather to southern New England, where the weather was hot and humid Monday morning, the service said.
A NWS flash flood watch issued Monday covered most of MA and northern CT.
Heavy rain does a very efficient job of cooling air as it falls.
Flash Flooding Risk. Flash flooding is also possible and flash flood watches are already in effect for Hartford, Tolland, New Haven, Fairfield, and Litchfield Counties. Flash flooding is a very risky situation. Plan to take shelter if/when NWS Sterling issues weather warnings. Expect more comfortable and dry conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Once the storms pass, the rest of the week with be partly sunny with temperatures in the 80s and a chance of showers.
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