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Sunny today, thunderstorms possible overnight

Sunny weather has returned today, but thunderstorms could bring rain, hail, and gusty winds tonight into Wednesday morning, forecasters said.

“The storms could be on the strong side,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham.

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The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a special weather statement warning of potentially damaging thunderstorms intensifying and approaching Western Massachusetts after 8 p.m.

Today is expected to be mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the mid-80s. Some clouds should roll in during the evening as low temperatures start dropping to 67 degrees.

The forecasters said that tonight’s storms in Western Massachusetts could contain strong to damaging winds, along with heavy downpours.

“There is some uncertainty on the intensity of these storms,” the forecasters said, urging people to keep their eye out for weather updates.

Thunderstorms could arrive later in the eastern portion of the state.

Showers could continue through Wednesday morning, but should peter out before 11 a.m. Partly sunny skies will return during the day, with high temperatures climbing to an above average 88 degrees. Skies should become cloudier in the evening, with low temperatures dropping to 68 degrees overnight.

“Thursday is looking good, with temperatures going down a little bit,” Dunham said. “Friday is pretty much mostly sunny but a little bit cooler.”

Mostly sunny skies will persist Thursday, with temperatures cresting near 81 degrees. The evening should be cloud-free, and low temperatures are expected to drop to 60 degrees overnight.

More sun will return Friday, though high temperatures should stay in the seasonable mid-70s. Skies should be mostly clear in the afternoon, with low temperatures sinking to 58 degrees.

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