Sweating It Out
Posted by Pete Bouchard
We're almost there. Another torrid night before the relief arrives. Lows temps will only fall to 80 (!) or so downtown, but at least we have a breeze to "ventilate", right?
It was a scorcher today. High temp in Boston hit 96 as of this typing. There is a possibility of it sneaking up another degree or two before it slides later this evening - albeit slowly.
Now, the thunderstorm threat. Heavy weather is slamming Northern New England. From Burlington, Vermont to the Lakes Region of NH and Maine, we're under the gun tonight. These storms are wind and hail producers, not necessarily tornadic storms. None are expected to come to Massachusetts tonight, but we may be able to see heat lightning across Northern Mass. from these storms. (Contrary to popular belief, heat lightning has nothing to do with the heat. The flashes of light are from distant storms whose thunder is too far away to be heard.)
Now how about firing some of those up here? Good chance tomorrow. We may have numerous hits across the area....good news for the gardens and lawns. My thinking is that we WON'T be under the gun for a severe outbreak like they are in Northern New England, however. Clouds will be around from the get-go and there won't be as much heat around. Still, whenever storms pop, it's wise to keep an eye to the sky.
Real relief arrives by Thursday with a fresh, new airmass from Ontario and Quebec. We're one of the lucky spots in all of the lower 48 - only New England will see this cooldown.
And it will carry right into the weekend too.