We saw another record-breaking warm day across western Mass with highs at Westover hitting 91 this afternoon. The former record was 88 degrees set in 2007.
Our weather remains quiet tonight, but we stay mild and very muggy with temperatures and dew points falling into the mid-60s. Patchy, dense fog is looking likely for many through dawn, so travel with caution in the early morning hours.
Our extreme heat will continue for another two days with highs returning to around 90 Tuesday and upper 80s Wednesday. Our dew points remain high as well and we are stuck in the hazy, hot, humid-ness until a cold front comes through Wednesday night. This front will be a game-changer in a few ways-bringing a changing air mass to New England and also helping ‘boot’ hurricane Maria out to sea.
Hurricane Maria continues to drift northward and gradually weaken, but it is bringing some large swells and dangerous rip currents to most of the East Coast. Any weather impacts will be mostly felt on the outer banks of North Carolina, where Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued, but some clouds may drift our way Wednesday.
For western Mass, the cold front coming in Wednesday evening will bring a few showers or a thunderstorm, then less humid, cooler air will follow behind it. A trough of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere will dig into the Northeast will cooler air for Friday and Saturday, bringing highs into the 60s and lows into the 40s and 30s. An upper level disturbance Saturday will bring a breeze and scattered showers, then high pressure will return the sunshine Sunday and Monday.
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