SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Our heat and high humidity wave should come to an end in most spots today as a strong cold front pushes into this hot and muggy air mass and shoves it out to sea overnight.
It’s possible some places don’t quite reach 90 today because of cloud cover – which would end the heat wave at six straight days.
A few of the urban areas in the lower valley should get to 90 though and make it seven straight 90+ days.
These same spots have an outside chance of nipping 90 tomorrow as well to make it eight in a row, but humidity levels will be much lower tomorrow and make it a much more “comfortable heat”.
Watch out for the potential of strong thunderstorms during the afternoon and early evening as this front approaches.
The primary threats – besides frequent cloud to ground lightning – will be torrential rainfall and brief flash flooding, isolated damaging winds/power loss and a storm or two with large hail.
Outside of any storms, winds will become quite gusty today on their own, so boaters and those in any sort of small craft on the water need to be advised.
The good news in all this of course is a more comfortable air mass settling in for the second half of the weekend. The process will be a slow one but dew points will fall from the 70s to into the 60s tonight and 50s Sunday. This will make Sunday the easy pick of the weekend with the sun, scattered fair weather clouds, low humidity and warm temperatures – the perfect beach day!
Have a great day!
Meteorologist Rick Sluben