The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather watch for showers and thunderstorms expected Wednesday and Wednesday night.

These storms have the potential to produce locally heavy rain in a short period of time, which could lead to flash flooding. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall in the area.

In addition, some of the thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening may be accompanied by frequent cloud to ground lightning and gusty winds.

The forecast:

This Afternoon: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Wednesday Night Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.