Those were impressive rain-makers this afternoon some even contained small hail. But the big story were the heavy downpours associated with the cells…in fact, in fifteen minutes down in New Bedford almost three-quarters of an inch of rain was tallied and local street flooding was an issue. Tomorrow we will see similar conditions but with increased surface based heating and approaching surface front and mid-level shortwave I think we could see a few severe cells form and maybe even a solid line with damaging wind and larger hail a concern late in the day and evening.
Behind those storms drier air and sunshine will prevail for the start of the weekend with highs near 80 and lots of sunshine until the second half of the afternoon when clouds start spilling in. Those clouds are in response to a fast-moving shortwave that will spin a weak surface low which will spawn showers Saturday night and early Sunday morning. High pressure will take charge behind those showers but it may take a little while to scour the clouds out near the coast on Sunday and winds will turn onshore keeping temps in the 70s regionwide. That high will continue to grow and ridging aloft will allow for even warmer air to work to the Northeast…temps should clear 80 early next week for all locals away from the coast.