SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) --It's warm and humid with a feel of summer is in the air this afternoon Temperatures will reach into the low to mid 80's before showers and storms develop!
This afternoon remains a First Warning Weather Day with the treat of isolated to scattered severe storms. A strong southwesterly flow will continue to pump in the heat and humidity out ahead of a cold front that will instigate storms as the front sweeps through western Mass.
Storms have the potential to produce wind gusts over 60 mph, large hail, flooding rains and frequent lightning. A tornado is possible as well. The window of opportunity for getting hit with a storm is from about 2 pm to 8 pm. Be sure to head indoors as soon as you hear thunder or even better when you see dark clouds building.
The Storm Prediction Center keeps 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 move 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 Thursday afternoon or night followed by mainly dry conditions on Friday.