The National Weather Service continues to warm that the region could be buffeted by thunderstorms -- some of them severe -- this afternoon and evening as a cold front pushes into southwestern Connecticut.

The odds of storms is 60 percent after 5 p.m. today, the NWS warns, with the unsettled conditions generating heavy rain, strong winds and hail. Overnight, the probability of precipitation rises to 80 percent, the weather service predicts.

Earlier today, skies should be partly sunny as the daytime high temperature rises to the mid-80s. The nighttime low is expected to dip to the mid-60s.

Tomorrow, showers and thunderstorms are likely in the early-morning hours before 4 a.m. Again, the NWS warns some of these storms could also be severe. Skies are expected to begin clearing after 7 a.m., and the temperature should rise to a high of about 80 degrees. Tomorrow night will be partly cloudy with a low of about 59 degrees.

Tuesday, the weather service predicts, will be sunny, with a high near 78 degrees.