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FIRST ALERT: Intense Heat Continues; Severe Storms Pop Up Across New England

While a few storms are popping today, more widespread thunderstorm activity is anticipated Wednesday, and some storms are likely to become severe

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Severe thunderstorm warnings popped up in every state in New England except Maine Tuesday, as stifling heat and humidity continued to have a grip on New England. It will stick around for one more day, Wednesday, before a bit of relief arrives. 

Boston just missed its elusive 100-degree record Tuesday. It’s been a decade since we’ve last climbed to the century mark.

While thunderstorms flared Tuesday afternoon and evening -- some bringing localized damage -- more scattered action is expected Wednesday, and some storms could become severe, with damaging wind gusts the primary threat.

In fact, the storm prediction center has placed parts of southern New England in a fairly rare “enhanced” zone, meaning widespread damaging thunderstorms will be possible.

Highs will push 95 to 100 again, marking the third day in a row of 90+ temperatures, meaning the heat wave will be official.

Thursday certainly won’t be as hot, but the humidity will still be high. A front nearby will focus showers and developing downpours, which will drop some heavy rainfall and may result in some localized flooding.

It looks like we’ll stay unsettled on Friday with another round of showers and downpours possible – although the humidity will finally break and you’ll certainly feel the difference. 

It’s still too early to say where and, perhaps more importantly, what time there could be some wet weather this weekend, but I’m hopeful for some gradual improvement, especially by the Fourth of July. Expect lots of clouds this weekend and cooler than normal temperatures, in the 70s. In general, rain is likely on Saturday, with a round of showers Sunday. Next week, we’ll climb back into the 80s.

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