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Showers, Thunderstorms for Friday evening

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM)) -

It was a beautiful day with plenty of blue skies and sunshine. Temperatures topped off in the mid 80s with an un-summerlike dew point in the upper 40s. Very comfortable! A fitting way to finish up June since the month has featured lots of sunny, dry days. 

It will be mostly clear and cool overnight with temperatures falling into the 50s. It will be a great night for sleeping with the windows open.

High pressure only sticks around briefly as a strong low pressure system drags a cold front through western Mass.  It will start sunny and fairly dry but clouds will build in during the afternoon as it becomes increasingly more humid. There may be a spot midday shower or two but the bulk of the showers and storms will roll through tomorrow evening.  A few storms Friday evening could be strong, possibly severe with gusty winds and large hail. Remember - if thunder roars, head indoors!

This system will move out just in time for the weekend. High pressure builds in , bringing sunny, dry, breezy conditions for the entire  4th of July weekend. Daytime highs will top off in the low to mid 80s with overnight lows into the 50s. It will be perfect for firework viewing, beach going and cookouts!

By the way, it will be nearly perfect out on the Cape and across northern New England as well. It's looking like one of the best July 4th weekends in years! 

Lastly, the latest drought monitor came out today and, as expected, moderate drought now encompasses all of western Mass. Only 3% of the entire state is without any sort of dryness or drought conditions. That's in the central Berkshires.

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