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Heavy rain, lightning and flooding come with Thursday's storms

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut officially had a heat wave this week, complete with a round of some heavy thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon.

A line of storms began working its way across the state at around 2 p.m.

“The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, OK has placed central and western Connecticut in a marginal risk for severe weather,” explained meteorologist Melissa Cole. “This means that isolated severe thunderstorms are possible with the greatest threat being torrential downpours, cloud to ground lightning and gusty (perhaps damaging) winds.”

The NWS said a few storms could produce wind gusts of 60 mph in northern Connecticut.

An urban and small stream flood warning for part of Tolland and Hartford counties was issued until 6:30 p.m.

Cole said there is also a low risk of a tornado.

If hail does happen, it’ll likely be small because of the fairly warm temperatures.

On Thursday afternoon, at about 5 p.m., some minor flooding was reported in West Hartford.

Showers and thunderstorms will come to an end as the cold front moves off the east of Connecticut.

Keep an eye on Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler here.

The humidity will drop to more comfortable levels overnight and the sky will be mainly clear.

The National Weather Service said Connecticut officially had a heat wave this week with three consecutive days of 90-degree temperatures.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said Windsor Locks saw 93 degrees on Tuesday, 95 degrees on Wednesday and 90 on Thursday, just before the line of thunderstorms started moving through the state.

On Thursday night, DePrest said we should be able to get a good look at at the "thunder moon," which is known as a "blue moon."

Friday will bring warm temperatures but the humidity will not be as high, making it a nice summer day.

The weekend is expected to look good with partly to mostly sunny skies. There could be a shower or thunderstorm late Saturday night as a cold front passes through the state.

In the meantime, people looking to cool off in a community cooling center can find a list here.

To read the complete technical discussion, click here.

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