Weather Service: Thunderstorms possible Monday afternoon

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Unseasonably warm weather may lead to a few thunderstorms in Clark County Monday afternoon, according to the national weather service.

The weather service issued a special weather statement early Monday for areas including Vancouver, Battle Ground, Washougal and Stevenson saying that air instability will increase with temperatures through the day. That instability could lead to thunderstorms and a slight chance for locally strong winds and hail.

"Scattered thunderstorms are a good bet for the Oregon Cascades by mid-afternoon... and should continue into the evening hours," the special weather statement said.

Marine air will start moving inland this afternoon and could lead to more showers and thunderstorms. Stable air in the marine layer will end the "thunderstorm threat" later in the night, the weather service said.

Monday's high in Vancouver is expected to be around 80 degrees. Temperatures are expected to cool to the mid-60s on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the weather service forecast.