Saturday marked the two-year anniversary of the Springfield EF3 tornado that traveled 39 miles with a top wind speed of 160 mph! Three people lost their lives, and the twister caused more than $200,000,000 in damage. Besides an isolated storm earlier in the evening Saturday, the weather was much quieter, but it sure was hot! How appropriate that Boston hit 92 degrees on the first day of meteorological summer. For climate data and research, we split the "seasons" into three month periods, and June 1 is the "start" of summer. To be clear, the official start of summer, the summer solstice, is June 21 at 1:04 a.m.
Even though it was the second day in a row that Boston climbed into the 90s, it takes three consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher to officially call it a heat wave. Some towns have done so with temperatures on Thursday in the 90s, but Boston fell just short that day with a high of 88. Nonetheless the heat and humidity is sticking around through the remainder of the weekend.
Sunday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with late day storms possible. If you have any outdoor plans, keep an eye to the sky. We have the slight risk of severe storms developing ahead of an approaching cold front. The best chances will be across western parts of the state in the late afternoon into the evening. Any storms that do develop have the potential to produce heavy downpours, frequent lighting, damaging wind gusts, and hail. Highs will be into the mid to upper 80s, 60s and 70s on the Cape. With enough sunshine midday, some spots still have a chance of hitting 90. The humidity will make it uncomfortable no matter what the temperature.
If you plan to find relief at the beach, expect water temperatures in the low to mid 50s. Waves will be running about two to four feet and there is a moderate risk of rip currents at most beaches on Sunday. UV index will be very high, so sunscreen and shades will be needed!
By Sunday night, it will become mostly cloudy and showers and storms from the west will march eastward overnight. As a cold front crosses the region Monday, periods of showers will be likely. Cool and drier air will filter in behind the passaging of this front and a nice string of days will follow.
June 1 also is the start of hurricane season and we'll be keeping a close eye on the tropics starting this week. Some of our computer models have been hinting moisture near Florida may push northward and brush us with some wet weather by next weekend. There is a lot of time and uncertainty between now and then, but interesting to see what develops. Just in case you were wondering… Andrea would be the first tropical storm name of the season.
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