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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Taunton Massachusetts
712 PM EDT Sat Jul 23 2016

hot conditions continue this afternoon/early evening with the risk of
some strong to severe thunderstorms particularly in northern
and eastern Massachusetts. Otherwise, excessive heat and humidity is expected
at times through the middle of next week, at least away from
the immediate coast. Another risk for scattered showers
and thunderstorms is possible late next week with a cold front
dropping south.


Near term /until 6 am Sunday morning/...
700 PM update...
organized line of storms moving into northern Massachusetts along the leading
edge of the mid level cold pool. Large T/TD depression and dcape
values exceeding 1000 j/kg support high probability of strong to
damaging wind gusts with this line in northern Massachusetts. Expect
convective activity to dissipate later this evening as it
approaches the South Coast as bl cools and mid level shortwave
moves offshore.

Otherwise...expect clearing skies overnight with min temps mostly
in the 60s and close to 70 in the urban centers. Patchy late night
fog possible in the normally fog prone locations.


Short term /6 am Sunday morning through Sunday night/...
shortwave ridging aloft and very dry column will bring sunshine
and very warm temps, although a bit cooler than today as low level
temps are cooler. Still expecting highs in the mid 80s to around
90 degrees. Best chance of 90+ in the lower CT valley but portions
of Rhode Island and interior east Massachusetts will likely be near 90 degrees. Afternoon
seabreezes are likely.

Sunday night...
quiet night as mid level ridging in control. Weak shortwave moving
over the ridge will bring some mid/high level clouds, otherwise
partly cloudy. Mins mostly in the 60s with dewpoints climbing into
the mid 60s toward daybreak.


Long term /Monday through Saturday/...

* excessive heat at times through mid week at least away from the
immediate coast and especially Monday

* Mon/Mon night is the highest risk for scattered showers/T-storms
with the threat for some severe weather and even very localized
urban type flooding

* cold front may bring another risk for scattered
showers/thunderstorms sometime late next week but timing uncertain


Upper level ridge over the southern half of the country will
generate a westerly flow of air aloft and anomalously hot
temperatures, especially for the first half of the week. GFS
ensembles indicate 925t between 1 and 2 Standard deviations above
normal for most of next week. So confidence is fairly high in above
to at times much above normal temperatures. European model (ecmwf) ensembles are
pretty much in agreement as well.


Currently, Monday looks like it may be the worst in terms of heat
and humidity. 850t near +20c should allow high temps to rise into
the mid to upper 90s away from any coastal sea breezes.
Surface temps may even reach 100 in a few locales if clouds do not
get in the way. In addition, low level moisture may pool ahead of a
pre frontal trough/cold. This may push heat index value to 100+ and
decent shot will need heat advisories for portions of the region.

The heat/humidity combined with frontal boundary/pre-frontal trough
in the vicinity may lead to scattered showers and thunderstorms
developing during Monday afternoon and night. Pretty good shot at
MLCAPES reaching or exceeding 1500 j/kg. 0 to 6 km shear initially
not impressive, but increase to between 25 and 35 knots during the
late afternoon and especially the evening with approaching
shortwave. A lot will depend on timing, but there certainly is the
risk for scattered severe thunderstorms. If they are develop the
primary risk would be strong to damaging straight line wind gusts.
While activity may be hit and miss, will have to watch if any low
level boundary washes out or becomes stationary. If this happens,
there may be a very localized urban type flood threat as well with
precipitable waters over 2 inches. Lots of uncertainty at this point, but in
addition to the excessive heat/humidity potential is there for
some severe weather and perhaps even a very localized flood risk
later Monday into Monday night.

Tuesday and Wednesday...

Assuming cold front clears the region by early Tuesday morning, dry
weather should prevail Tue into Wed but certainly not a guarantee
this far out. High temps should still be mainly in the 90s Tue and
Wed away from at least the immediate coast. Should be somewhat less
humid Tue, but some more humidity may return Wed. Either way it
will likely be hot away from any onshore flow.

Thursday through Saturday...

Above normal temps will continue over this time, but
probably not quite as hot as early in the week. A frontal boundary
may drop down and bring the risk for a round of two of
showers/T-storms by late in the week but timing highly uncertain
and by no means a washout.


Aviation /00z Sunday through Thursday/...
forecaster confidence levels.

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short term /through Sunday night/...

Tonight...high confidence. Line of convection moving through
northern Massachusetts will bring strong wind gusts and brief MVFR/IFR
conditions this evening, otherwise mainly VFR. Patchy late night
fog possible in the normally fog prone locations.

Sunday and Sunday night...high confidence. VFR.

Kbos taf...moderate confidence. Line of storms will move over bos
00-01z with brief gusts to 40+ kt possible and MVFR/IFR.
Seabreezes likely developing by midday Sunday.

Kbdl taf...high confidence.

Outlook /Monday through Thursday/...

Monday...moderate confidence. Mainly VFR outside of lower
conditions in scattered showers/thunderstorms mainly Monday
afternoon and evening.

Tuesday and Wednesday...moderate to high confidence. Mainly VFR
other than a few hours of early morning patchy fog in the typically
prone locations.

Thursday...moderate confidence. Mainly VFR outside the risk for
scattered showers and thunderstorms.


forecaster confidence levels.

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short term /through Sunday night/...high confidence.

Thunderstorms with strong wind moving across the east Massachusetts waters this
evening, otherwise quiet boating weather with winds and seas
below Small Craft Advisory.

Outlook /Monday through Thursday/...moderate to high confidence.

Winds and seas should generally remain below Small Craft Advisory
thresholds over this time. A period of southwest wind gusts of 20
to perhaps up to 25 knots are possible near the South Coast for a
few hours Monday afternoon. Otherwise...main concern is the risk
for scattered thunderstorms mainly late Monday into Monday night and
perhaps again on Thursday.


the kbox radar is back in service but is operating in a degraded
state. Radar returns are running about 10 dbz too high. Please
keep this in mind when evaluating storms. We apologize for the


Box watches/warnings/advisories...
Rhode Island...none.


near term...kjc
short term...kjc
long term...Frank

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