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Severe thunderstorms, lightning, hail possible for eastern New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico could have severe weather Tuesday, and lightning is likely in that entire region from 2 to 10 p.m., with large hail and damaging winds possible, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service Albuquerque office.

On Wednesday, more showers and scattered severe thunderstorms are also possible for that part of the state. The storms are expected to help bring lower temperatures midweek to the eastern plains.

The Albuquerque area will likely miss out on severe storms or significant rainfall this week. But temperatures will fall slightly midweek, with a high of 92 predicted for the city on Tuesday and a high of 93 on Wednesday.

Albuquerque has a 20% chance of rain on Tuesday and a 10% chance of rain on Wednesday. Temperatures will rise back to the mid-90s later in the week.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on a tropical disturbance in the Pacific that could push moisture into the southwestern United States early next week.

The latest storm information and weather advisories are available at weather.gov/abq.

Drifting smoke from wildfires in southern Arizona has worsened air quality in Albuquerque for several days.

But Tuesday’s air quality is predicted to be good, with little risk of air pollution, according to a forecast from the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department.

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