Good afternoon. A “Severe Thunderstorm Watch” has been issued for our area until 8PM this evening. A watch means there is the potential for severe storms.
Be on the look out in the late afternoon and evening for strong and severe thunderstorms, mainly after 3PM. The primary threats are:
- damaging wind gusts
- heavy rain
- frequent lightning
Locally, the highest risk for the severe weather is well inland, with a lower risk near the coast.
The storms will taper off after sunset.
In addition, after a cooler than normal holiday weekend, summer heat and humidity have returned to southern New England. A HEAT ADVISORY continues through Wednesday evening for northern RI and northern Bristol and Plymouth counties in MA, including Woonsocket, Smithfield, Pawtucket, Taunton and Attleboro. A combination of highs near 90 and high humidity will push the heat index into the mid 90s.
Under partly sunny skies, high temperature will be near 90 inland and near 80 at the cost. Southwest winds will be quite breezy at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
AT THE BEACH: Much warmer temperatures than the weekend. Partly sunny, breezy and warmer with highs near 80. Be careful in the water as there is a moderate risk for rip currents.
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Any evening storms come to an end tonight with partly cloudy, warm and humid conditions. Patchy fog is possible, especially at the coast. Lows near 70.
We have another hot and humid day lined up for Wednesday. Highs will be back to near 90 inland and 80s at the coast. Isolated showers and/or strong thunderstorms are possible again in the afternoon and evening.
TROPICAL STORM ELSA: Potential Rain, Rough Surf Late Week
We’re keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Elsa. The system is impacting the west coast of Florida today before moving inland and over north Florida early Wednesday. From there, the storm or it’s remnants will pass near southern New England at the end of the work week.
The latest forecast brings the storm close to or our area, but the exact track will determine the extent of the impacts. Right now, we’re expecting some downpours and rough surf. If the storm stays off-shore, winds won’t be an issue, but a track over SE New England or just west of our area could bring a period of low-end tropical storm force winds. Stay tuned.