The big warming trend that we've been advertising is well underway! Temperatures have been on the rise since late last week. The high last Friday at Bradley International was only 71 degrees, then yesterday the mercury soared to 88 degrees! We can expect further warming today and tomorrow. In fact, Wednesday will likely be the hottest day of the week with temperatures possibly exceeding the 90 degree mark. That hasn't happened since July 23rd. Moderate levels of humidity will accompany the heat the next couple of days as high pressure moves offshore.
A cold front will approach Connecticut tomorrow. A few isolated or widely scattered showers and thunderstorms will pop up in advance of the front and as it pushes through the state. However, it appears many towns will remain dry. That is about the only chance for rain this week! In the wake of the front, temperatures drop off nicely for Thursday and Friday.
Thursday will be a refreshing day with dry northwesterly breeze and plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will top out closer to the 80 degree mark. The mercury will then dip well into the 50s Thursday night under a clear sky. We expect another mostly sunny day with lighter winds and low humidity as we close out the week. Temperatures will actually have a tough time reaching 80 degrees Friday afternoon.
At this point, the Labor Day weekend looks a bit unsettled, although a washout appears unlikely. A warm front will spread clouds and even some showers into the state as early as Saturday. The air will turn noticeably warmer and more humid as well, especially into Sunday. Since the atmosphere will become more unstable with time, a few thunderstorms could develop during the second half of the weekend. Temperatures will likely rise into the low and mid-80s, so at least it will feel like summer. The forecast for Monday, Labor Day, is quite tricky. A cold front could push the clouds and showers away leaving us with a nice day with sunshine and lower humidity. However, the front could also stall nearby, which means we could have an abundance of clouds and showers. The Early Warning Forecast Team will keep you updated with new information throughout the week, as of right now model indications are that we may have some wet weather to contend with on Labor Day.
Meanwhile, in the tropics: all of the computer guidance models keep Cristobal well offshore. Thus, the only impact on New England this week will be increased swells over the open ocean waters and dangerous rip currents along ocean facing beaches. Swimmers be careful!
Have a terrific week!
Meteorologists Mark Dixon and Bruce DePrest
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