Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories expire around 9pm tonight. An Air Quality Alert for central and eastern Hampden county will expire at 11pm.A ridge of high pressure continues with its stranglehold on the East today and high temperatures climbed into the middle and upper 90s across southern New England this afternoon! Tonight, we go back to humid, warm conditions with some scattered clouds.A cold front will be coming through western Mass Thursday, but tonight it is passing across northern New England with rain and thunderstorms. This line of storms looks to fizzle out tonight and wet weather should remain north of our area. Patchy clouds will roll in overnight and linger Thursday as the frontal boundary enters western Mass.Thursday will be another hot, humid day, but not quite as oppressive as the last two. A cold front will keep skies partly to mostly cloudy and possibly bring in a shower or weak thunderstorm during the afternoon. The best thunderstorm chances will be to our south in CT, RI and southeast Mass later in the day. Behind the front, humidity will finally start to lower and we become quite comfortable Thursday night!High pressure passing to our north will give us a brief reprieve from the humidity Friday and Saturday, but it comes back in full force starting Sunday and lasting much of next week. Overall, our upper pattern isn’t changing and the Bermuda high will hang on tight next week, bringing highs back to the upper 80s and possibly-well into the 90s. As far as rain, no day in the next 7 is looking ‘likely’ for showers and storms, however, with the sultry environment, spot showers and storms can’t be ruled out any day.

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