SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) --A patch of showers, downpours pours and some thunder will move through western Mass this morning. A feel of summer is in the air with mild, muggy conditions. Temperatures are in the 60s and will come up into the 80s today as showers end and clouds give way to some sunshine.
Today is a First Warning Weather Day with the treat of scattered severe storms this afternoon. A strong southwesterly breezy will help to pump in the heat and humidity out ahead of a cold front that will help trigger the storms later on.
Storms have the potential to produce wind gusts over 60 mph, large hail, flooding rains and frequent lightning. The chance for a tornado is low but can NOT be ruled out. The window of opportunity for getting hit with a storm is from about 2 pm to 8 pm. Storms will likely be isolated to scattered in areal coverage. Be sure to head indoors as soon as you hear thunder or if you see clouds building.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of western Mass under a "slight risk" for severe thunderstorms today. Slight Risk is a 2 on the 1-5 scale (5 being the worst case)
The front will blow through this evening and behind it, it will turn much cooler and drier overnight. Tomorrow will be cool, dry and windy. It will be much more seasonable with temps in the 60's under a mixture of sunshine and clouds.
Wednesday looks great with lots of sunshine, less wind and seasonable May temperatures. Highs will reach into the lower 70's after starting out in the 40s.
The next chance of rain will arrive late Thursday into Thursday night followed by mainly dry conditions on Friday.