technical discussion: Heavy rain and damaging winds! - WFSB 3 Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) -

Good Monday evening!

***A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for Fairfield and New Haven Counties until 8:00 this evening. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for all of Connecticut until late Tuesday night, but in some cases until late Wednesday afternoon***

This humid, tropical air is not going to go away anytime soon. As a result the risk of heavy downpours and flash flooding will continue into midweek. Additionally, there is the risk of damaging winds especially in western portions of the state well into this evening. We will also run the risk of severe weather tomorrow during the afternoon and evening hours. Dew point temperatures will range from the upper 60s to the low and mid 70s through tomorrow and beyond, which means we'll have to deal with this oppressive humidity for a while longer. At least abundant cloud cover is keeping temperatures from getting out of hand. Highs today were in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and we can expect similar temperatures tomorrow.

A cold front will slowly pass through Southern New England on Wednesday and the rain should finally come to an end by later in the day. However, between now and late Wednesday, parts of the state could receive 2-4" of rain. Localized flooding on streams and small rivers is possible through midweek in addition to flooding in poor drainage areas. Some basements could get wet as well. At least the lawns and gardens will get a good watering and that'll be the case statewide.

The cold front will shove the unsettled weather out to sea by late Wednesday then we will finally catch a break for the end of the workweek. Much drier air will settle in Wednesday night and high pressure will bring dry, comfortable weather conditions for Thursday and Friday. It'll be seasonably warm both days, but humidity levels will be fairly low. Daytime highs will be in the low and mid 80s. The mercury could dip into the 50s in some parts of the state, especially by late Thursday night. That'll be nice for sleeping!

The risk of a pop-up afternoon shower or thunderstorm will return over the weekend, but it'll be dry a good part of the time. Temperatures should reach the low and mid 80s both Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will inch a little higher throughout the weekend. Early next week looks warm as well and humidity levels will continue to rise.

Have a great week and keep an eye to the sky!

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest

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