The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. Monday for several southeastern Colorado counties, including El Paso County and the city of Colorado Springs.

The severe thunderstorm watch was issued at about 2 p.m.

Other counties under the storm watch include: Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero and Prowers.

The Monday forecast called for a high temperature of 70 with sunny skies most of the day. Thunderstorms are expected after 5 p.m. in the Colorado Springs area, meteorologists at the National Weather Service report. Showers are likely to continue overnight through Tuesday morning.

The high on Tuesday will be about 68 degrees and there is a 50 percent chance of evening showers, the service’s forecast shows.

Severe storms are expected for counties east of El Paso to Las Animas Monday and Tuesday, according to the weather service. Hail up to 1 inch in diameter is expected and wind gusts up to 60 mph are possible. Heavy rain and lightning are possible during the storms.

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