BOSTON (CBS) – We have our first hot and humid, summer-like day Monday and to go along with it, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for parts of the area.
Temperatures soared to 86 degrees this afternoon, our first 80 in Boston this year and the first 80+ since last October!
This heat, combined with a cold front coming in from the west, is reason enough for the National Weather Service to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Middlesex, Worcester and all other western counties of Massachusetts. The watch was dropped at about 5:30 p.m.
The watch is still in effect for all of New Hampshire and a large portion of Vermont and Maine through 9 p.m.
The storms that do develop may contain heavy downpours, vivid lightning, small hail and briefly gusty winds.
We are not anticipating a major severe weather outbreak Monday here in New England. While there is good lift and atmospheric conditions in the lower layers, as the clouds build they are running into a layer of drier air and weaker atmospheric lift in the mid layers. Therefore, their growth is being stunted as is the potential for them to be severe.
While we cannot rule out a few severe storms, it appears as though they will be isolated at worst. Certainly not expecting any tornadic activity today in Southern New England.
As always, keep an eye to the sky and stay tuned to WBZ-TV and CBSBoston.com for the latest.