By Mary Kay Kleist

CHICAGO (CBS)—Heavy thunderstorms capable of producing high winds, rain and hail could develop this evening, but the strongest storms are expected to stay south of Chicago in a weather system stretching from South Bend to Champaign.

CBS 2’s meteorologist Megan Glaros reports this afternoon’s lingering humid conditions could produce atmospheric instability to set the stage for strong storms.

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The U.S. National Weather Service in Chicago reports periods of thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain are expected to continue into the early-evening hours and end by late evening in northwest Indiana.

The most intense thunderstorms, reports the Weather Service, could potentially produce torrential downpours, with rain failing at a rate of two inches or more per hour.

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The rainfall expected this afternoon and evening could cause flooding in some areas, the Weather Service reports.

Southern portions of the Chicago land area could see heavy rains continuing on Tuesday.

High temperatures could reach the 90’s, but the humidity makes it feel hotter.

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Mary Kay Kleist