Weather Alert: Extreme heat, humidity continue Wednesday with a chance for storms

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — The 22News Storm Team has issued a Weather Alert through Wednesday evening, for extreme heat and humidity, and strong to severe thunderstorms.

A Heat Advisory remains in effect for all of western Massachusetts until 7 p.m. Wednesday for heat indices reaching near 100 degrees.

The high temperature Tuesday afternoon at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee was 97 degrees. That breaks the previous record of 95 degrees, set in 1944 & 2012.

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible through 9pm Tuesday. We’ll get some partial clearing overnight. It will be a warm and humid night.

Wednesday’s 7am temperatures will be in the 70s. We’ll start the day with sun, which will quickly warm us through the 80s by late morning. High temperatures on Wednesday will be in the low to mid 90s. A round of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected on Wednesday afternoon & evening. Plan on storms with frequent lightning, downpours and damaging winds. The storms will arrive as early as 1pm and last into the early evening hours.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Chance Evening Showers. Scattered Clouds Overnight.

Lows: 70-76
Winds: SW 5-10 MPH

WEDNESDAY: Sun/Cloud Mix. PM Thunderstorms.

Highs: 92-96
Winds: SW 15-25 MPH
Dew Points: 66-72 Humid

It was a beautiful day to be by the water, as this hot and humid weather continues.

Dr. Mark Kenton, medical director in the emergency department at Mercy Medical Center said, “Either stay inside near the AC or go to the beach and drink plenty of water and drinks.”

Water. Not only something to cool off in, but also something you should be drinking. Up to 60 percent of the human adult body is made of water. So, naturally, on a hot, humid summer day like Monday, we need all the water we can get. Health experts say you should drink two to four cups of H2O every hour that you are doing activities outside in the heat or direct sun.

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