Strong to severe thunderstorms possible Tuesday afternoon

Main concern is gusty winds, large hail, and heavy downpours

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team has declared Tuesday as a Weather Alert Day due to the chance for some strong to possibly severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon.

A Heat Advisory has been issued for Hampden County from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The air and environment have been very unstable due to the heat and humidity build-up. Temperatures have been in the 90s and dew points, which is the amount of moisture in the air, have been in the mid to upper 60s. These conditions make the air feel very uncomfortable.

Western Massachusetts officially in a heat wave; heat advisory issued

As storms arrive as early as noon Tuesday, the main concern will be gusty winds, heavy downpours, and large hail. Our chances for severe weather will continue through the early evening Tuesday.

The Storm Prediction Center has all of western Massachusetts in at a “marginal” risk for severe weather, which means there is a chance we could see some stronger storms this afternoon. Eastern portions of Hampden and Hampshire Counties are under a “slight” risk, which indicates that severe weather is somewhat more likely.

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