There were a number of severe thunderstorm warnings in effect across Massachusetts and New England on Saturday as storms moved through the region.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Massachusetts for parts of Worcester, Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Berkshire counties.
Locations impacted included Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, Holyoke, Amherst, Northampton, Agawam, West Springfield, Greenfield, Orange, Deerfield, Ludlow, South Hadley, Easthampton, Longmeadow, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Monroe, Athol and Ware.
There was also a tornado warning issued for Bennington County in Vermont earlier Saturday evening that has since expired and was then replaced by a severe thunderstorm warning in that area. The storm warnings were in effect for Bennington and Windham counties.
In northern Connecticut, there were warnings in effect for Litchfield, Tolland and Hartford counties.
Hail and 60 mph wind gusts were associated with these storms. Torrential rainfall was also occurring.
A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for a large chunk of the day for portions of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. Primary threats included scattered damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph possible, isolated large hail events to 1 inch in diameter possible and a tornado or two possible, the National Weather Service said in its advisory.
After morning rain departed, thunderstorms developed in Western New England during the afternoon before shifting towards central and eastern New England late Saturday night. Any storm that moves through could produce damaging wind and there is enough spin in the atmosphere that a brief tornado is possible across western Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut through sunset.
By the time the storms head east, they are anticipated to decrease in intensity. Storms push into the Boston area 6 p.m. through midnight. As we move through the rest of the night, the threat for thunderstorms will diminish.
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The storms and showers head offshore late tonight and we see a wind direction change, indicating a different air mass moving in.
Our airflow will be more from the west Sunday afternoon as high pressure settles in. Highs reach the mid to upper 70s with a cool west breeze and full sunshine. It will be a nice way to salvage the weekend!
Sunday will end up being the pick up the weekend. We will see sunshine and temperatures in the mid 70s. Perfect beach weather with an offshore wind. Temperatures even at the water will warm into the 70s. With full sunshine it will be quite pleasant.
Monday also looks quite nice with the temperatures once again reaching the mid and high 70s.
It’s possible that we could see some wet weather mid to late week. The highest probability of seeing rain will be on Wednesday. Daily afternoon storms may pop up Thursday into Friday as humidity ramps up and highs reach the mid 80s.
As the Labor Day holiday weekend comes into view it looks pretty nice. We may see some showers on Saturday, but most of the weekend will be filled with sunshine. High temperatures will range between 75 and 80°. Wet weather will move back in by Tuesday.