Keep your umbrella handy on Thursdays.
The National Weather Service warns that Massachusetts could see scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, as well as potentially damaging gusty winds, heavy rains and street flooding in some locations.
Forecasters said the main threat of severe weather for western Massachusetts will be around 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. its associated strong forcing arrives.
“The primary concern is strong to locally damaging gusts of wind with the greatest risk in eastern MA and RI,” the service said. “Cloud-to-ground lightning, heavy rain and brief street flooding are also possible.”
Given the potential for damage from gusty winds at a time when trees are fully deciduous, the service warned there is some concern for pockets of power outages.
“While this potential exists throughout the region, the greatest risk will be in eastern MA&RI where instability and effective shear will be maximized,” the service said.
Temperatures on Thursday are forecast to be in the upper 60s and 70s, but are expected to drop “sharply” into the upper 50s, lower 60s after the cold front arrives.
The service said cold, windy conditions will set in Friday, but warmer, more seasonal weather will return over the weekend.
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