The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Columbus and surrounding counties.
The watch will last until 10 p.m. EDT, the service said. It said scattered storms are likely because a ridge of high pressure that brought intense heat here over the weekend is now moving off to the west.
"This will put much of north and central Georgia in a north flow, allowing weak impulses to move across the region. These impulses will aid in the development of scattered thunderstorms."
The service said the storms' "primary hazards" will be lightning and damaging winds, though large hail also is possible.
The area counties included in the watch include Marion, Talbot, Chattahoochee, Sumter, Taylor, Schley and Webster.