Meteorologists are keeping their eyes on a “mini-front” headed toward Buffalo that has the potential to bring scattered severe thunderstorms to the region this afternoon or evening.

“Any storm that develops has the potential of damaging winds and potentially large hail,” warned Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service’s Buffalo office.

But where such storms would hit is up in the air, he said. The greatest potential is south and east of the city but that doesn’t mean Buffalo will stay clear.

“We’ve got enough instability that a storm could form anywhere,” Mitchell said.

In the meantime, we’re in for another hot and muggy summer day, befitting the first day of July.

“It’s going to feel like the mid-90s,” Mitchell said. Further inland, the heat index will feel like the mid-100s.

So far, neither the humid conditions nor the potential for storms is changing plans for outdoor World Cup soccer viewing parties scheduled at Canalside in Buffalo and Old Falls and Third Street in Niagara Falls. The USA-vs.-Belgium game begins at 4 p.m.