Thursday marked the 8th day of our heat wave, with temperatures over 90 degrees.
Our heat wave started a week ago, last Thursday, and Friday was the hottest day of the heat wave, bringing temperatures of 99 degrees.
There have been 15 days of 90 degree weather in July.
An air quality alert is in effect until 11 p.m. on Thursday.
With the end of the heat wave, there is the possibility for storms on Friday.
"A few showers and thunderstorms could sneak into the state this evening (Thursday), but showers are more likely after midnight," Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said.
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the entire state from late Thursday night through Friday evening.
"There is the potential for 1-3” of rain, perhaps up to 4” in some locations," DePrest said. "Most of the state is in a “moderate” drought and the deficit for the year at Bradley International Airport has now grown to between 8.5” and 9.0”."
DePrest said it all depends on where the heaviest band of rain sets up, and the heavy band could be right over Connecticut or it could miss to the south.
The heaviest rain will be in the morning and early afternoon, DePrest said.
The rain could taper off to showers during the afternoon, and the combination of clouds and rain should limit highs to the mid and upper 70s.
"A few locations could sneak up to 80 degrees by late afternoon. Although tomorrow will be cooler, the air will remain quite humid," DePrest said.
Rain will end on Friday night, and the weekend is looking good.
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