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Humidity to usher in storm potential

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Following a picturesque start to the week, Wednesday will feature a return to humidity and the potential for storms.

Meteorologist Scot Haney said the humid air should arrive by Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

"The result will be increasing cloudiness tonight and showers are expected to develop by [Wednesday] morning," Haney said. "We should get a much needed rainfall [Wednesday] with numerous showers and a few thunderstorms."

Haney said locally heavy rainfall will be possible since the air will be loaded with moisture. He said some places could see more than an inch of rain.

"While thunderstorms appear likely [Wednesday], the threat of severe weather should be reduced by cloud cover," he said. "That cloud coverage will also limit high temperatures to the low and middle 80s."

The chance for showers lessens by Wednesday night. However, it'll still be muggy despite temperatures in the low-70s and upper 60s.

After that, Haney said we're looking at another potential heat wave.

"We are going to break out into some real heat and humidity starting Thursday, and it should last several days," Haney said. "We are forecasting highs in the 90s Thursday, Friday and Saturday."

If that happens, it would mark the third heat wave of the year. The last one wrapped up at the end of July and lasted for 10 days. It tied the longest heat wave on record.

"This heat wave should meet the minimum requirements for an official heat wave, which is three consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher," Haney said.

A front will stretch across northern New England on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However, it won't slide south until Saturday.

"There will be daily chances for showers and thunderstorms, but our weather will be dry most of the time," Haney said. "Perhaps the best chance for showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours of Friday and Saturday."

From there, it turns cooler on Sunday and Monday.

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