Severe weather possible in parts of MA today. Here's what to know about the forecast.

Earlier this week AccuWeather forecasted that "a heat dome began building into the region," which could promote the hottest weather of the season so far.

But before the forecasted heat wave comes through next week, rain is predicted to move in this afternoon and some could see heavy downpours. Storms with lightning and downpours could also turn severe in the afternoon and cause localized flooding in poor drainage areas.

Meteorologist Rob Megnia from the National Weather Service in Norton said the area "west of Worcester" will get the most rain tonight, noting that the showers will be spread out over the state.

The storms could bring "damaging wind gusts, hail and locally heavy downpours" to several areas, according to a statement from the National Weather Service.

"Depending where you are, you could see some heavier downpours and thunderstorms," Megnia said, stressing that the western part of the state will see the worst weather. But he said heavy downpours are not out of the question in central, and eastern Massachusetts as well.

When will the rain end?

Megnia said the storms in question will not last long, noting "they should fizzle out by midnight" on June 14.

The National Weather Service in Norton added there will be a small craft advisory in effect today, June 14 until 8 p.m.

How hot is it expected to be next week?

AccuWeather meteorologists are expecting widespread temperatures between the mid-80s into the mid-90s all over the northeast starting on Monday, June 17.

HOW HOT WILL IT GET? New England could see first heat wave next week

Other things to know about the possible heat wave

From this June through August, AccuWeather predicts:

  • Temperatures will be 3-4 degrees higher than average in New England.

  • Heavy rains in New England could relieve the heat in June and July, but noted that "drier weather could result in some of the hottest weather for the region in August."

  • Boston could see "three to four times as many 90-degree days this year compared to the five recorded in 2023."

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