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Torrential rain, Dangerous lightning and strong winds hit state; no heat wave in CT

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Sun shines in the middle of a torrential downpour in East Hartford. (WFSB) Sun shines in the middle of a torrential downpour in East Hartford. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A storm that brought torrential rain, lightning and gusty to parts of the state on Tuesday.

A drenching rain moved through the Great Hartford Area just after the evening commute. It brought 30 mph winds, scatter thunderstorms and small hail.  

The state reached the 90 degree mark two days in a row. Tuesday was set to be the third consecutive day. But, even though it hit 90 in Hartford and Meriden, there was no heat wave.

“However, the official high in Windsor Locks today was 89 degrees. That means we do NOT have an ‘official’ heat wave. It was so close,” Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said.

The clouds and showers on Tuesday morning are believed to be the cause of the state not reaching 90 degrees in all parts.  

Along with Tuesday’s heat, there was moderate humidity. An air quality action day was issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties until 11 p.m.

A list of cooling centers can be found here.  

However, relief is on the way.

“Tomorrow will be a fantastic summer day.  We’ll enjoy mostly sunny skies, a nice breeze, low humidity, and seasonably warm temperatures,” DePrest said.

Wednesday afternoon is expected to have afternoon highs around 85 degrees.  

“The mercury will then dip into the 50s and lower 60s Wednesday night, which means the weather will be much better for sleeping,” DePrest said.

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