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Hazy, hot and humid with the chance for showers and thunderstorms

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It is a warm and humid start this morning with some areas starting out in the lower 70s.  There is also some patchy fog out there and that is reducing visibility in some areas this morning.  That fog will give way to hazy sunshine this morning. 

Get ready, today is shaping up to be the hottest day of the summer, at least so far! We've yet to hit 90 in July but we should do it this afternoon. Readings will top off in the low to mid 90s.  The combination of heat and humidity will push heat indices (feel-like temperature) close to 100. Stay hydrated, check on seniors and those with respiratory issues, and minimize strenuous outdoor activity. Stay cool!  A Heat Advisory has been issued for central and eastern parts of Hampden and Hampshire counties until 6 pm.

Showers and storms will develop this afternoon and into tonight.. A few storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds, hail, cloud to ground lightning and torrential rains. The timing would be between 5 pm to as late as 3 am.  Areas north of the Mass Pike are the locations that have the best chance of seeing showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon into tonight. 

The storms will be gone by Monday morning and we get a brief break from the humidity with much drier air moving in with some sunshine. It will still be close to 90 but the dew points will be down into the 50s so it will feel a lot more comfortable!

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