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000 FXUS61 KBOX 210847 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 447 AM EDT THU JUL 21 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Heat and humidity return Friday along with the risk for scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening, some of which may be severe. Hot weather is expected to continue this weekend. An approaching cold front may bring us some relief from the heat and another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms sometime Monday and/or Tuesday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... SKC conditions again this morning have still allowed for several locations to drop back into the low-mid 50s. With these same clear conditions, temps will be able to rise quickly this morning, mixing to H85 where temps hover near +18C. Therefore, will likely see a few 90s today for the first time in a few days. 80s outside of the spots where downsloping will help. Dwpts will begin to increase thanks to return flow with high pres to the E, although the good mixing should keep them mainly in the upper 50s to low 60s, still comfortable in spite of the increased temps. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM FRIDAY/... Tonight... Another quiet night wx wise thanks to last minute influence of high pres to the E. However in this case, in spite of the clear skies and weak pres gradient, rising low-lvl moisture suggests a more mild night across the region. Expect temps mainly in the low to mid 60s. Some patchy fog possible too thanks to this increase in moisture, but likely only in the typically prone spots. Fri... The primary issue for Fri remains the risk for late-day severe wx. Although heat/humidity will be a factor. H85 temps will be approaching +18C while sfc dwpts increase into the mid 60s to near 70, which given enough sunshine is enough for highs reaching the upper 80s to low 90s and a low risk for heat advisory criteria. Note that most of the following discussion will actually be moot for the Friday (daylight) time frame if the the continued slow- down in the guidance continues, suggesting the pre-frontal trof doesn`t arrive until late evening, potential limiting sfc based instability as we experience diurnal heat loss. Also, early Fri may be marred by upstream convective cloud debris limiting the destabilization. Still plenty of factors pointing in the right direction, remnant EML (peaks overnight Fri) with 6.0-7.0C/km lapse rates arrives in time for the return flow and moistening low levels. Yielding ML CAPE values in the afternoon near 1500j/kg (per ensemble probabilities). Profiles are relatively wide, with hail-CAPE values +300j/kg. Shear reaches 30kt at 0-3 and 0-6km with a nearly 40 kt H9 LLJ. Therefore, should be enough for organization of any storms that form, with hail an issue and some rotation in updrafts. Winds still look to be the primary issue, thanks to inverted-V profiles and LLJ, and as such will be upgrading wording to strong winds with this morning`s wx update. While winds/hail remain the primary risks, especially since shear/CAPE profiles support MCS organization which would peak overnight (at the point of EML peaking), there is a low end tornado risk given the lowest lvl shear values and EHI between 1.0-2.0. However, not a pure S New England tornado break case per internal study and the very dry mixed layer (high LCLs). For now given the combination of timing uncertainty and mitigating factors mentioned above, will be slowing timing and upgrading gusty winds to strong winds, especially with the recent slow-down and factors suggesting an MCS could be the primary convective mode. Will also be adding T+ (severe type) wording given continued agreement with SPC SWOs, which continues to highlight most of S New England away from the ocean. Stay tuned to updates as timing/mesoscale issues remain somewhat uncertain. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Highlights.. * Heat and humidity return through this weekend * Another cold front may bring showers and storms sometime Monday into Tuesday Overview...Confidence in the details of potential thunderstorms has slipped a bit from previous forecasts. 21/00z guidance has presented a variety of timing issues. GFS was considerably slower than the ECMWF and the NAM. Both the 20/21Z and 21/03Z SREF were more of a middle ground timing-wise. Given the spread in the solutions, preferred the SREF timing. Expecting plenty of heat and humidity to continue into early next week. Details... Friday Night...With a slower arrival timing of convection, the issue of climatology becomes more of a factor. It is tougher to get widespread severe weather in southern New England with nighttime thunderstorms. There is still potential for strong to severe thunderstorms. The details will still need to be refined over the next day. Saturday into Sunday...Could see some showers and thunderstorms lingering into Saturday morning. Otherwise, much of this weekend should be dry, hot and humid. Monday into Tuesday...A low pressure moves into Quebec, pushing another cold front through southern New England late Monday into early Tuesday. This will likely bring a bit of relief from the heat and humidity of this weekend. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is possible. Will need to keep and eye on the strength of an thunderstorms. Tuesday and Wednesday...High pressure builds into southern New England. This will result in a period of quiet and dry weather. Temperatures/dewpoints will be a bit lower than this weekend, but still seasonable. && .AVIATION /08Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... Forecaster Confidence Levels. Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Friday/...High Confidence. VFR into Fri. Fri afternoon/evening occasional T-storms and showers possible with strong winds and localized IFR possible. Winds mainly W-SW, nearing 20 kt this afternoon around the S coast. KBOS TAF...High confidence. KBDL TAF...High confidence. Outlook /Friday Night through Monday/... Friday Night into Saturday...Moderate confidence. Mainly VFR conditions expected. Brief periods of MVFR/IFR conditions possible in SCT SHRA/TSRA. Patchy fog possible during the early morning Saturday. Sunday...High confidence. VFR. Monday...Moderate confidence. Mainly VFR conditions expected. Brief periods of MVFR conditions in SCT SHRA/TSRA possible. && .MARINE... Forecaster Confidence Levels. Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Friday/...High confidence. Today and tonight... Winds shift mainly to W-SW. A few gusts around 20 kt possible through the afternoon, and a very low risk of a few gusts reaching 25 kt, but these will likely be few and far between. Otherwise quiet boating wx. Winds drop off tonight. Friday... Increasing wind gusts ahead of approaching cold front. SW gusts 25-30 kt at times expected, will be issuing small craft advisory. This will also lead to some wind driven seas near 5-6ft. Outlook /Friday Night through Monday/... Increasing southwest winds ahead of a cold front will continue to generate rough seas, particularly across the southern coastal waters into Saturday. Winds and seas briefly diminish Sunday behind a cold front. Showers and thunderstorms are likely possible over the waters Friday evening and night, and again on Monday afternoon. Storms Friday night may become strong, producing dangerous boating conditions at times. In addition, areas of fog may develop on Friday night, limiting visibilities. && .FIRE WEATHER... Massachusetts state fire officials have advised that given the forecast warm temperatures into the upper 80s to low 90s, low humidity values, and lack of rainfall as of late that there is a heightened fire danger. Such conditions likely exist for other parts of southern New England, namely CT and RI. && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. MA...None. RI...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from noon to 8 PM EDT Friday for ANZ231>234-236. Small Craft Advisory from 11 AM to 8 PM EDT Friday for ANZ235- 237-255-256. Small Craft Advisory from 2 PM to 8 PM EDT Friday for ANZ250- 254. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Belk/Doody NEAR TERM...Doody SHORT TERM...Doody LONG TERM...Belk AVIATION...Belk/Doody MARINE...Belk/Doody FIRE WEATHER...Doody is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.