Thunderstorm Watch For Most Of Mass. As Wildfire Dust Lingers

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Much of Massachusetts came under threat of thunderstorms on Tuesday as dust from wildfires in the west lingered in the state.

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire state excluding the Cape and Islands mid-afternoon Tuesday. The main threats from the storms included winds gusting up to 70 miles per hour, with possible heavy downpours and hail. The storms were predicted to be relatively scattered.

Some of the state, including the Merrimack Valley and parts of Central Mass., was under an Air Quality Alert same time as the Thunderstorm Watch, which was caused by drifting haze and smoke from wildfires on the West Coast.

The Air Quality Alert was set to expire at midnight, and the Severe Thunderstorm Watch would lapse at 10:00 PM, with the greatest risk starting at 5:00 PM.

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