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Severe Storms May Threaten MLB Home Run Derby in Cincinnati

The stars of Major League Baseball will showcase their talents early this week as Cincinnati is set to host the 86th edition of the Midsummer Classic at the Great American Ball Park.

Spectators heading to watch the Home Run Derby will have to stay alert to thunderstorm-related watches and warnings as the threat of severe thunderstorms will increase during the afternoon and evening hours on Monday. The Home Run Derby is slated for 8:00 p.m. EDT Monday.

"Lightning will be the number one concern," AccuWeather Meteorologist Maggie Samuhel said, adding that damaging wind gusts and flash flooding may also occur.

If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek immediate shelter until the storm passes.

An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, Samuhel said.

After the month of June presented cooler-than-average days in Cincinnati, the temperature will rise just in time for the All-Star game festivities. In addition to higher temperatures, humidity levels will also rise, which may impact hitters and pitchers.

David Derice, an assistant baseball coach for five years at Nazareth Regional and Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn, New York, states that the humidity will affect the baseball because it will actually make the ball a bit heavier than on a less humid day. This reduces the ability of the ball to bounce making it come off the bat much slower than a less humid day. He added that ironically when the temperature is higher the ball will travel a bit farther than it would on a colder day.

Heading into the day on Tuesday, the high temperature will hover in the mid- to upper 80s F. Fans looking to catch batting practice before the All-Star game should stay hydrated and wear light-colored clothing as AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 90s F, with high humidity factored in.

The temperature will fall into the mid-70s F by game time which is scheduled for just after 7 p.m. EDT. The muggy conditions throughout the game may be a concern for players, especially pitchers.

"When conditions are humid, it can become a challenge for pitchers to grip the baseball, which might affect specific pitches and how they are thrown," Derice added.

There will be a shower or thunderstorm around on Tuesday, so fans will need to keep an eye to the sky again and keep an umbrella or poncho handy.