Thunderstorms Sweep Through Mass., Maine and N.H., Prompting Weather Alerts

Wind gusts could reach up to 60 miles per hour, and penny-sized hail is expected

SEVERE weather thunderstorm
Matt Noyes

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for two counties in Maine and New Hampshire on Saturday evening as storms rolled through New England.

Alerts were issued for Southern York County in southwestern Maine and Central Stafford County in central New Hampshire until 6:15 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm was located near Berwick around 5:30 p.m. It was moving east 30 miles per hour.

Earlier on Saturday, severe thunderstorms hit both western and central Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts were forecast to reach up to 60 miles per hour, and penny-sized hail was expected, risking damage to trees and power lines. The NWS urged people to stay safe by moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of the building. Flash flooding may occur.

Overall, Saturday was expected to be very similar to last weekend in that most spots would stay dry, with any storms being fairly limited. The best chance of getting wet for a time was in western Massachusetts, Connecticut and parts of both southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Northern Maine was also slated to see some downpours.

The best odds of staying dry were near the coast and down the Cape.

Highs were forecast in the 80s with a southwest wind.

Any downpours will fizzle Saturday night and skies will partially clear. Lows will be in the 50s and 60s north, with 60s to near 70 in Southern New England.

The front triggering the occasional storms slips farther south on Sunday, meaning there may be an isolated shower there, but the risk is again very low. Many spots will stay entirely dry, and it will feel less humid. Highs will be in the 80s again.

Monday will be beautiful with lots of sunshine and low humidity. Expect highs in the 70s to around 80.

It turns more humid and unsettled during the middle of the week. Scattered downpours and storms will return late Tuesday through Friday. This won’t be a washed out stretch, but there will be occasional wet weather.

Next weekend looks pleasant and a little cooler than it has been recently.

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