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Back to the heat with lots of sun on Thursday

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It was a cool, refreshing start with temperatures down into the upper 40s and low 50s this morning. We missed the record low by just two degrees with a morning low of 48! The record for July 20th sits at 46 set in 1965 at Westover Air Reserve Base.

Just like yesterday, the afternoon has been nearly perfect as high pressure built in to our west! The clockwise flow around the high is bringing our winds from the north, keeping us in the mid to low 80s this afternoon with lots of sunshine.

It will be nice and refreshing again tonight with temperatures back down into the 50s in most spots.  

As high pressure shifts to the south of us, the return flow will be from the southwest. This will cause the heat to build tomorrow. With low humidity values, it will still be fairly dry and comfortable. After a cool start, readings will make a run at 90 with plenty of sunshine.  

By Friday, heat and humidity will quickly build in out ahead of a cold front.  This front will slice through the humidity and will bring a round of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening. A few storms could be strong to severe so be on the look-out. Isolated damaging winds, torrential rains and hail could all be a threat. 

The weekend is looking hot with moderate levels of humidity and sunshine. Temperatures will reach into the low to mid 90s. It's setting up to be a classic beach or "sit by the pool" weekend. There may be a stray thunderstorm on Sunday evening, but most of the weekend is dry! Summer will certainly be in full force! 

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