As tropical storm Elsa continues to threaten Florida today, parts of the Berkshires could experience serious thunderstorms accompanied by hale and strong winds similar to the storm activity in the Berkshires last week.

The National Weather Service has posted a Hazardous Weather Outlook and has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 8pm tonight.  Below is the complete National Weather Service forecast for the Berkshires.

This Afternoon
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. West wind around 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 74. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Thursday Night
Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after 8pm. Low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Friday
Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Sunday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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