Near record heat and oppressive humidity is on the way for Friday, making it feel like 100 at times in Southern New England.
Actual air temperatures on Friday afternoon will be in the range of 90 to 95. That's near records in some cities and towns, including Worcester. At the same time dew points, or the measure of moisture in the air, will exceed 70 degrees. That is the oppressive threshold. Northern New England will be a touch less hot and humid with highs in the 80s to near 90.
Air quality is poor across much of coastal New England because of the heat and humidity. Those suffering from respiratory issues should limit time outside as a result.
A few pop up showers, downpours, and garden variety thunderstorms will also develop. Most of the day will be dry, but when it does rain it will pour because of the high humidity. Some localized street flooding is possible.
That activity will be triggered by a cold front slipping through the area. That will bring slightly less humid air in this weekend, but highs will still be in the 80s to near 90 for many. Just like Friday, most of the weekend will be dry aside from a brief passing shower. The odds of a shower are highest in Northern New England on Saturday, and Southern New England on Sunday.