The first round of downpours and storms came through parts of northern and western New England this morning, and a second round of storms will fire up this afternoon — some of which will turn severe.

A warm front lifted up across New England this morning, triggering the first round of storms. That means it’s another warm and muggy day with highs in the 80s. While it will be a mostly cloudy day, keep in mind it is not at all a complete washout. In fact, there will be many dry hours in southern New England.

The risk of storms increases after 2 p.m. in particular, as that second batch forms. Those storms will then continue through the evening drive and past sunset, before fizzling out overnight.

The storms will turn strong to severe in some cases, especially for areas north and west of Boston including western and central Massachusetts, the Merrimack Valley and northern New Hampshire.

Heavy rain will result in localized flooding, and the storms will contain frequent lightning. Localized wind damage is also likely. The risk of hail with these storms is moderate and the risk of a tornado is low. If something were to spin up, it would be most likely in somewhere like New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine.

After the storms die down tonight, skies will be partly cloudy with patchy fog developing. Lows will be in the 60s and 70s.

Thursday brings a mixture of sun and clouds, and more warmth. Highs will be in the 80s to near 90. It will be muggy during the morning, but the humidity slowly drops during the afternoon and evening. Expect a few spotty downpours or storms.

Friday marks the arrival of our new air mass. Humidity will be comfortable and highs will be in the 70s. Morning clouds south and east of Boston will still produce a few showers early, before sun works in later in the day.

The weekend will be cool and comfortable, with highs only in the 70s! A few extra clouds may blow in off the water on Sunday.

Early next week also looks quiet and cooler than average at this point.

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