Patrick’s forecast: A lot of heat and humidity, a few storms

Posted at 3:13 PM, May 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-27 17:08:06-04

Welcome to summer... or at least summer weather.

You probably noticed the increase in humidity today. That moisture (along with temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s) may help fuel a few thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening. A stray storm could intensify beyond severe limits. But it looks like the biggest threat for severe weather is to our north.

Thursday will be another hot and muggy day for us. Ahead of a cold front, a strong southerly wind will send temperatures back into the upper 80s and lower 90s. The front will get close enough to spark scattered showers and storms. These will have plenty of moisture to work with, so some heavy downpours are possible.

That cold front will wash out before it gets here, meaning we won't see a significant drop in temperatures on Friday or this weekend. We'll hold on the highs in the low-to-mid 80s through Sunday. Friday and Saturday are looking dry. But we could see some storms late on Sunday, ahead of another cold front.

It looks like this cold front will make it here, knocking our highs on Monday and Tuesday into the 70s.

Weather & Health for Thursday
Pollen: Moderate (Grasses, Oak, Birch)
UV Index: Very High
Air Quality: Good
Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1957 F1 Tornado: Lunenburg Co, Tornado Norfolk

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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