BOSTON (CBS) – After a cool stretch on Independence Day Weekend, summer celebrates a strong comeback on Tuesday with blazing heat and strong storms. A heavy thunderstorm watch was issued for large parts of the state until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
While some storms rolled through the area at sunrise, the core of this concern will be between 1pm and 8pm.
The strongest cells likely show up between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. This will result in slower travel times for evening commutes.
The main concern will be heavy rain and gusty winds. Precipitation rates can be so high that urban flooding and large puddles occur.
Avoid floods to stay safe on the way home. Gusts of wind will exceed 40 miles per hour in these storms. This is strong enough to bring down branches, twigs, and even trees. Failures are also possible. If you hear the rumble of thunder when lightning strikes frequently, be sure to go inside.
A heat warning applies from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 7pm Wednesday for the orange shaded areas. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel 94-99 ° on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
Stay cool with the air conditioning on. This is not the time for strenuous outdoor pursuits. A reminder to check on your older family, friends, and neighbors. In addition, pets should not be outdoors for too long.
As the heat subsides on Thursday, we are tracking the next pass of Tropical Storm Elsa to southern New England. At this point in time, heavy rain and high surf are the predominant threats.
The WBZ weather team will keep a close eye on this storm!