The National Weather Service is calling for the possibility of severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon in the Bangor area and much of central Maine.

In a special weather statement issued Monday morning, forecasters are calling for strong to severe thunderstorms mainly after 4 p.m. on Monday. Some of those storms may contain large hail and damaging winds. The warning is in effect until 9 p.m.

The forecast also is calling for "dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning" and heavy rainfall.