For Boston, the wait is over. At 1:53PM today, Logan Airport officially hit 90 degrees for the first time this year. This will go down as the 5th latest date on record for first 90 degree reading. 1906 was the longest, when it took the city until August 6th to reach 90.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11pm for much of New England northwest of Boston…
While through 3PM, only a few pop up showers have occurred, the expectation is still there for thunderstorms to fire and become more widespread late this afternoon and this evening. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center out of Oklahoma has put a good chunk of New England under an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms. The slight risk for severe storms even extends into the Boston area for later today. http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html
With this in mind, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for much of New England that is northwest of the City of Boston.
From mid afternoon into the evening: Storms mid to late afternoon will be most numerous NH, VT and NY first, and then work their way into northern and western Mass as they push southeast, eventually closing in on central and eastern Mass as well by late day/evening. Storms may become fewer and farther between the farther south in Massachusetts one goes, especially over SE Mass, but ones that do fire may certainly pack a punch. Any severe storm this afternoon/evening will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts of 60+mph, torrential rains and frequent cloud to ground lightning. Bottom line, keep an eye to the sky later today/tonight. If you're heading to Foo Fighters tonight, while it's possible that a good chunk of the event from gates opening to the end of the concert is dry, there is the risk for a passing storm or two early this evening, so keep that in mind. You may need to duck for cover for a bit.
The front that goes through tonight is a "cold" front but in reality, the biggest difference tomorrow is just a slight drop in humidity, not in temperatures. Highs again tomorrow take a run at 90+ degrees. Most of us stay dry, but a pop-up storm over Southeast Mass is possible.
We could catch a thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon, otherwise much of the upcoming week looks quiet and cooler mid to late week with lowering humidity.
Have a good night and stay safe!