Here’s what local forecasters are saying about the thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon

"Frequent lightning and downpours are the main risks."

Swimmers exiting the water at Carson Beach in Boston.
Swimmers exiting the water at Carson Beach in Boston. –Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Northern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island could see scattered severe thunderstorms this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

“A few storms may contain damaging winds, large hail & locally heavy rain,” the service said on Twitter.

All of Massachusetts is under a “slight” risk of severe storms, according to the service. These could include winds up to 60 miles-per-hour with hail up to 1 inch in size. The risk extends from 2 to 10 p.m., but with a chance of isolated storms prior to that timeframe.

Here’s what other local meteorologists are saying about the storms:

David Epstein: ‘Not all of us get them, some will and some of those could be severe’

Cindy Fitzgibbon, WCVB: ‘Risk that a few storms turn severe with damaging straight line winds’

Eric Fisher, WBZ and CBS News: ‘Localized torrential rain and gusty winds likely this afternoon and eve’

Chris Lambert, 7 News: ‘Frequent lightning and downpours are the main risks’

Shiri Spear, Boston 25 News: ‘Today’s storms will also be capable of squeezing out torrential rain locally’

Zack Green, WBZ: ‘A steamy, hot July day ahead of us but the story will be the storms this afternoon’

Vicki Graf, Boston 25: ‘Storms are already moving through southern VT & NH with heavy rain and lightning’

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