The region will finally get a break from the heat on Thursday, but not before a round of severe thunderstorms barrels through today and tonight.
Residents can expect the formation of severe storms immediately, with storms becoming more numerous as the afternoon progresses.
Some storms will likely have damaging wind, large hail and torrential downpours.
The risk of these severe storms will diminish as the sun sets, but strong storms will still be a possibility with flash flooding a main concern.
In these storms, the NWS says locations may receive 2 to 3 inches of rain in a short period of time.
In Massachusetts, the greatest risk of severe weather will be south of the Mass Pike.
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Heat index values are expected to reach 100 to 104 as temperatures reach the low to mid 90s and dew points hitting 70. With heat index values that high, heal illnesses are possible.