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Extreme heat expected Wednesday

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Highs reached 90 degrees at Westover ARB before some isolated afternoon storms dropped hail and contained high winds in a few communities Tuesday.

The heat and humidity will continue to build in for Wednesday and Thursday. In fact, Wednesday will be the hottest day of the summer thus far with highs into the middle 90s. The record high at Westover for the day is 94. The warmest reading so far this year there has been 91 degrees. With moderate levels of humidity, the heat index could even be a few degrees warmer and make it dangerous to be outdoors for any extended periods Wednesday. If you work outside, use common sense and certain take plenty of water breaks! Readings will be back near 90 on Thursday too with even higher humidity levels before a front approaches late with some relief.

The front will bring some late day and evening showers and storms Thursday which may contain damaging winds and hail. We aren't expecting a big cool-down behind the front, in fact temperatures will still reach well up into the 80s on Friday and over the weekend but it will be quite a bit drier with dew points down into the 50s to lower 60s.

First Warning Meteorologist Rick Sluben

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