Heat Wave ContinuesJune 22nd, 2012 at 7:51 am by Michelle Muscatello under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
Little to no relief from the heat and humidity today… in fact, it is expected to be the 3rd straight day of temperatures in the 90s, making it an official heat wave. Despite all the steamy conditions, we have yet to break any record high temps! Today’s record of 96 from 1941 will likely stand, too, as temperatures are forecasted to climb to the low 90s with a heat index in the mid to upper 90s.
The big change today will be the threat of strong thunderstorms by late day. An approaching cold front will slide into western New England this afternoon then head into southeastern New England evening. The tropical air ahead of the front will be very unstable, and the front will likely help spark some scattered strong to severe thunderstorms. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center has parts of southern New England under a slight chance of severe storms.
The biggest risks with any storms that develop will be torrential rains and potentially damaging winds.
The front will slowly slide away from the coast on Saturday, with just the chance of a passing shower under partly sunny skies. Temperatures will be in the 80s Saturday and the humidity will fall as the day goes on. Sunday is the pick of the weekend, however, with mostly sunny skies, summer warmth and low humidity.