Hot and Humid Weekend on the way. Heat Advisories in effect for much of western Mass

Heat Advisory for much of western Mass this weekend
Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 7:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2022 at 10:25 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - While it was another hot afternoon it was less humid as dew points were in the 50s. Dew points will climb again this weekend as the heat and humidity linger through the weekend. Heat Advisories are up for Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties from 11am Saturday until 8pm Sunday evening. Saturday and Sunday will be First Alert Weather Days.

While most in western Mass missed out on wet weather yesterday, eastern Franklin County was hit with a significant severe thunderstorm. A microburst, confirmed by the National Weather Service, brought severe wind that led to scattered damage and power loss throughout the eastern side of the county. Areas like Warwick, Wendell, Orange, Erving, and Montague all reported damage from the afternoon severe storm.

Heat and humidity remain high heading into the weekend. In fact, the weekend may bring hotter temperatures than what we saw this week. Temperatures Saturday approach mid-90s with moderate humidity, so the heat index may top 95 degrees. Dew points rise more Sunday and temps may hit upper 90s in the Pioneer valley, so the heat index may top 100.

A cold front approaches Sunday night, bringing a low risk for a late shower or thunderstorm. The front continues moving south Monday, so expect a humid and wet/stormy start to the week. Temperatures remain warm, but back to the 80s. 80s persist most of the week with much drier air building in for Tuesday and Wednesday.