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Tuesday could be the start of a heat wave

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Some scattered thunderstorms and showers could flare up on Monday as the heat and humidity lingers.

Southern Connecticut got soaked on Monday morning, while other parts of the state saw no rain at all.

On Monday evening, Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said while there may be some scattered storms on Monday evening, it is likely most of the state will not see any.

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Temperatures will only dip into the upper 60s on Monday night, and with the higher humidity levels it will be a night for air conditioning.

DePrest said some fog could form after midnight.

The possible heat wave begins on Tuesday.

"Tuesday will begin a prolonged stretch of hot weather. This is all due to a ridge of high pressure building into the northeast, which will usher in hot, humid air from the South," DePrest said.

High temps on Tuesday will rise to the 90 degree mark, DePrest said, adding that there will be plenty of sunshine during the day.

Tuesday could be the first day of a heat wave.

"In order to have a heat wave we must have three or more days were the mercury reaches at least 90 degrees," DePrest said.

Isolated storms are possible during the afternoon, and the best chance for a severe thunderstorm is in eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

"Believe it or not temperatures will soar into the middle 90’s on Wednesday and Thursday," DePrest said.

The heat index on both days, he said, could rise close to the 100 degree mark.

"If you have any outdoor plans make sure to drink plenty of water and limit your time outside," he added.

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