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Heat wave makes way for heavy rain, possible thunderstorms

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

For the second day in a row, the state had record-breaking heat, but that will end after Wednesday.

The high temperature at Windsor Locks was 93 degrees, beating the previous record of 91 degrees that was set in 2002.

"We’ve now had three consecutive days with temperatures in the 90s at Windsor Locks, which means we have an official heat wave," said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest.

Wednesday marked the first September heat wave since 1983.

Several schools dismissed early because of the heat. A list of them can be found here.

For information on cooling centers around the state, click here.

On Tuesday, the state saw a record-breaking 96 degrees in Windsor Locks. The previous record was 95 from 2007. In Bridgeport, it was 94, which shattered the old record of 90 from 2010.

A cold front is approaching New England from the west Wednesday evening, and will pass through the state late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

DePrest said it will still be muggy and mild on Wednesday night and a few showers and thunderstorms could arrive in advance of the front.

There will be showers and thunderstorms on Thursday as the cold front stalls.

"The wet weather and abundant cloud cover will also hold temperatures down quite a bit," DePrest said.

Temperatures will be in the high 70s and low 80s.

More rain is expected Thursday night and Friday morning, and it could be heavy at times.

"Some towns could easily receive 1 to 2 inches of rain, perhaps even more. Localized flooding is possible despite our lengthy spell of very dry weather," DePrest said.

Skies are expected to clear Friday afternoon, where there will be lower humidity and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

More rain is likely this weekend.

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