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Thunderstorms hit parts of Mass. Saturday afternoon

But sunny, less humid air to follow Sunday and Monday — perfect conditions for outdoor celebrations.

Potential for severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and early evening.NOAA

Storms moved into the state Saturday afternoon with a round of strong to severe thunderstorms reaching the Boston area in the early evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms caused downed trees, tree limbs, and power lines across the state, according to damage reports from the weather service in Norton, but there were few power outages. By 9 p.m., the storms had largely left the state, but those that were lingering over the southeast part of Mass. had a weakening trend, forecasters said.

Preliminary data shows Worcester received about an inch of rain, said Christie Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service just before 10 p.m.

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“The winds were high enough to cause damage,” Smith said, adding that winds during severe storms can reach up to 50 miles per hour.

Thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued for various parts of the state but had all expired by 9:30 p.m.

The storms made their way over through Massachusetts from the northwest to the southeast part of the state. As of shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, NWS radar imagery showed storms moving over all of Massachusetts, concentrated near Springfield and Worcester.

“Basically the Route 2 corridor will see them first, then [they’ll be] dropping down through central Worcester county over towards Boston metro, then continuing to slide on down to Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts to Cape Cod and the islands,” said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the weather service.

By just after 10 p.m., radar imagery showed that the storm mostly moved off the coast.

Saturday’s weather is a contrast compared to what’s going to come, Smith said.

“This is the craziest of the holiday weekend,” she noted, adding that the weather is set to improve as the weekend goes on. Warm weather is expected Sunday and Monday as a cold front sweeps across the region bringing drier and less humid air, according to the NWS.

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Monday will see “sunny skies, high to lower 80s,” according to Dunham — perfect weather for outdoor celebrations.

“As far as humidity goes it’s going to feel really nice because even though the temperatures get up to the low 80s the dew point temperatures will be down into the low to mid-50s,” he said.



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