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Some Strong To Severe Thunderstorms Are Possible This Afternoon Across Western & Central Mass

Some Strong To Severe Thunderstorms Are Possible This Afternoon: The first round of showers and thunderstorm activity will push to our east within the next hour or so and we will then await the afternoon round of thunderstorms, some of which could be strong to severe. The combination of fairly strong low-level wind shear and moderate amounts of unstable air is likely to lead to the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon. While I’m not expecting an outbreak of severe weather, I do think that a few of the thunderstorms could be strong to severe. At this point, it appears that thunderstorms will develop across Western Mass by about 3 to 4 pm or so with these thunderstorms pushing their way into Central Mass by about 4 to 5 pm or so. The thunderstorm activity looks to persist into early this evening before coming to an end around 8 pm across Western Mass and about 9-10 pm across Central Mass. Any strong to severe thunderstorms are likely to take advantage of an environment that’s capable of supporting isolated to scattered supercells. Because of this, wind gusts of up to 45 to 65 mph are likely with any of the strong to severe thunderstorms. Additionally, there’s also the potential for a couple of the most severe thunderstorms to produce a tornado due to the quite strong low-level wind shear and this is something that I’ll be keeping a very close eye on. It is expected to be very humid the rest of today with temperatures peaking between 70 and 75 Degrees during this afternoon. Many more severe weather updates will be sent out as needed.

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