The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Stoughton and Norfolk County until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.
In fact, the Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire state of Massachusetts.
The AccuWeather website predicts Stoughton could see thunderstorms around 4 p.m. and again around 7 p.m.
Stoughton Fire Chief Mark Dolloff passed along the following statement from the National Weather Service:
Severe Thunderstorms likely this afternoon into this evening across portions of Southern New England, Thunderstorms will begin to develop across Southern New England between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., then become more numerous as the afternoon progresses.
Some storms will likely contain strong to damaging winds, large hail along with torrential downpours. Typically the risk of Severe Thunderstorms diminishes with sunset, however this evening strong storms will likely continue into the evening with the main threat becoming flash flooding.
Therefore there is a low risk of excessive rainfall with a few locations, possibly receiving two or three inches of rainfall in a short period of time.
The greatest risk for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon will be across Connecticut, Rhode Island and South of the Mass Pike in Massachusetts.
This evening the risk of flash flooding will shift farther southward into southeast Massachusetts, Rhode Island and possibly into Connecticut.
These thunderstorms could break the recent heat wave the Stoughton area has been experiencing as temperatures are expected to cool off a bit starting Thursday, according to AccuWeather and the National Weather Service.