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Summer Kick-Off!

By meteorologist Joe Joyce, WBZ-TV
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Let’s just consider this weekend a do over from the Memorial Day weekend shall we? The high summer heat is here and let’s make the best of it while it lasts! Not everyone will be seeing an official heat wave with 3 consecutive days with temps at or above 90. Many towns fell just short of 90 Thursday remaining in the upper 80′s. Towns like Groton, Attleboro, Taunton, and Nashua did reach 90 Thursday…so these communities will likely reach the threshold.

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Lwr-mid 90′s yesterday in the sunshine, and there is not much change to the airmass today. Once again will see highs climbing to 90-95 degrees by afternoon with abundant sunshine. Even our eastern facing beaches will climb into the lwr 90′s. The Cape and Islands will be cooler with SW sea breeze with highs in 70′s and Lwr 80′s. A marvelous day for summer lovers…but please take care of yourselves with sunscreen, water, and finding cool spots over the course of the day.

A few stratus clouds will try to back in off the water overnight for SE MA. Skies will be partly cloudy overnight with lows holding in the 60′s near 70. The heat ridge on the east coast will begin to break down Sunday with an approaching cold front. Breezy SW winds will still keep it warm and muggy with high in the mid-upper 80′s nearing 90 inland….but the South coast will be considerably cooler in the 70′s with more clouds for the Cape where winds will be gusting to 25-30 mph ahead of the approaching front.

The Severe Storms Prediction Center has western New England in a slight risk for severe Thunderstorms for Sunday afternoon. Some storms will come with heavy rain, small hail and gusty winds out west. Most of us remain dry through the weekend. The front will make more progress eastward Sunday night into Monday where the front will get hung up over us keeping periodic showers and storms in the forecast. This front will push off the coast later Monday with building high pressure coming out of Canada…a beautiful comfortable airmass with low humidity in the 70′s.

June 1st marks the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Andrea may start to develop in the Gulf later this week..Something to watch for. June 1st marks the beginning of Meteorological summer. June, July, & August being the 3 warmest months of the year. June 1st marks the 2nd anniversary of the EF3 Springfield Tornado….on the ground for 39 miles, 1 hr 1 10 minutes, 1/2 mile wide. A weather event we will never forget.

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