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Strong storms roll through Western Mass.

Strong thunderstorms are rolling through Western Massachusetts this afternoon, dropping hail up to the size of peas, the National Weather Service says.

The weather service issued a special weather statement, saying the storms were also bringing torrential rainfall and frequent lightning.

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The agency’s radar also showed a weaker set of storms moving through Eastern Massachusetts.

After the storms pass, the sun should arrive in force late this weekend.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick said, “the big story today is the dry weather and sunny skies for Sunday and Monday.”

The weekend will start out cloudy, with some light showers possible before 10 a.m. Saturday. Skies should become clear in the afternoon as high temperatures rise to 62 degrees. Dry conditions should persist into the evening as temperatures drop to 47 degrees.

Sunday should be sunny and warm all day, with highs cresting near 73 degrees. Skies will stay clear through the evening, with low temperatures sinking into the mid-50s overnight.

Those conditions should continue into early next week, with high temperatures expected in the mid-70s Monday.

“Then things could turn showery by midweek,” Buttrick said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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