Severe Storms Target Northern New England, Neighboring Canada

By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist, AccuWeather.com
May 26, 2010, 4:46:33 AM EDT

Due to record-challenging heat and humidity surging into part of Atlantic Canada and New England, severe storms will erupt into the evening hours. Some tornadoes could touch down within the strongest storms.

Steamy air is riding up and over an area of high pressure over the Northeast states, heading into Canada and New England. Highs will soar well into the 80s and 90s across southern Quebec, much of New York state and New England, and high humidity will make it feel even hotter.


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That building summerlike heat and humidity will help fuel nasty thunderstorms as a storm system dives southeastward across Atlantic Canada.

Storms will be capable of producing wind gusts over 60 mph, hail larger than quarters and even a few tornadoes.

Quebec and perhaps Montreal could be in the path of dangerous storms during the afternoon hours. Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will also be at risk for violent storms later in the day.

Locally damaging thunderstorms and the risk of a tornado will also visit Maine and perhaps parts of northern Vermont and New Hampshire this afternoon and evening.

Spotty, but locally heavy thunderstorms may hit parts of southern New England, southern New York state and northern Pennsylvania Wednesday.

The threat for severe storms will become widespread across southwestern New England, New York State, much of Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Thursday as a back door cold front sags to the south and west and cuts into the heat and humidity.

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