Thunderstorms will end tonight and the heat wave is over!

 

AFTERNOON UPDATE...

The rest of today will feature sun and clouds, slightly higher humidity and temps that top out between 80 and 85 -- pretty nice!

A warm front brings rain (heavy at times and perhaps some thunder) toward daybreak Wednesday. Then, another round of showers/storms will be possible (spotty in nature) during the afternoon tomorrow. Because of the threat for heavy rain that could lead to flooding concerns and storms that could be strong to severe that could produce damaging wind... we have declared an Early Warning Weather Day.

Behind the front we’re back into a humid, tropical airmass for the coming days. Given this, there will be an ongoing chance for isolated to scattered downpours through the end of the week. Like last week, there will be times when it is raining, while 5 minutes later there could be sunshine. Speaking of sunshine, high temps will be dependent upon how much we see... with enough of it, 90 is possible Thursday and Friday.

For the weekend, the unsettled pattern looks to continue into Saturday and could linger into Sunday.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon

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TODAY AND BEYOND...

We've improved the forecast for today, and it looks like a pretty decent day. We'll see a mix of clouds and sunshine. Initially, it appeared we would have to deal with some scattered showers, but the last couple of model runs are lessening that chance. High temperatures will top out between 80-85. Dew point temperatures will be a bit higher than recent days, so it will feel on the muggier side. A warm front will lift north this evening, and that will further increase the humidity state-wide. Chances for rain will also increase late tonight into early tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday will be hot and humid with highs in the 80s to near 90 degrees (it will be all about how much sunshine we see). Tomorrow morning we run the risk for some rain, and even some embedded thunder. Then it will turn partly sunny, with another round of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Thursday and Friday look to be dry in the morning hours, with scattered afternoon storms. It's the type of situation where not every town will see storms, but the ones that do will get a good soaking, thanks to the warm and humid air mass.

THE UPCOMING WEEKEND…

As of now, there may be some rain to deal with for the first half of Saturday. Sunday at this point is looking like the better of the 2 weekend days for outdoor plans. It is going to be quite hot with high temperatures in the upper 80's to near 90 on Saturday, and highs well into the 90's on Sunday.

WFSB Weather Staff

2 TORNADOES IN MASSACHUSETTS EARLY THURSDAY MORNING…A National Weather Service team determined 2 EF-1 (86-110 mph) tornadoes touched in Worcester County, MA early Thursday morning, roughly around 2:30 am. The first tornado traveled from Douglas to Uxbridge and Northbridge. The path length was 4.4 miles and the path width was 200 yards. The second tornado touched down in Upton. It traveled 1 mile and the path width was 100 yards. The storm that spawned the tornadoes was suspicious when it traveled across Eastern Long Island and Long Island Sound. There were signs of rotation and a potential waterspout. The storm weakened over Eastern Connecticut as it traveled northward through New London and Windham Counties. Fortunately, we did not have any severe weather (wind damage) in Connecticut. However, several flood advisories were issued yesterday and last night due to the torrential rain that added up to more than 3” in Oakville section of Watertown.

A CONFIRMED TORNADO IN WINDHAM COUNTY

A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Boston/Norton investigated damage that occurred during a severe storm that swept through Ashford Tuesday afternoon around 4:00pm. They determined the damage near Ashford Lake was caused by a weak, EF-0, tornado with estimated wind speeds of up to 86 mph. It was a brief tornado that lasted about 1 minute. The path width was 225 yards and the path length was 0.4 miles. According to the National Weather Service, the last time a tornado was confirmed in Windham County was on July 14, 1992.

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