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AFTERNOON UPDATE

We are ending the week with beautiful weather here in Connecticut.  The afternoon hours will feature lots of sunshine and temperatures peaking in the lower to mid 70s.  Clouds increase by daybreak tomorrow - so it will not be too sunny for the Hartford Marathon, Relay, Half or 5k runs... but you'll want to dress accordingly (if participating or spectating) as temperatures will be in the lower 50s.  There will be a chance for showers tomorrow afternoon as a cold front pushes through the region - but it won't be a washout if your plans take you to a town fair.  Behind the front, anticipate sunnier but cooler and breezy weather for Sunday.

Regarding Matthew... it has weakened some, but is still a dangerous category 3 storm as of 11am with sustained wind of 120 mph as it continues working up the east coast of Florida.  Tonight it impacts coastal Georgia and actually could make a South Carolina landfall tomorrow morning.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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MATTHEW…

Tonight through tomorrow Matthew will skirt the coast of Georgia, and as it gets closer to South Carolina should start moving away from the coast, east then southeast into the Atlantic. 

Some computer guidance models actually have Matthew curving back toward the south or even the southwest early next week… eventually in the direction of Florida. 

EXPECT A REPEAT OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS!

Meanwhile, we have a gorgeous start here in Connecticut.  The sky is completely clear and temperatures range from 37 in Colebrook to 54 in Bridgeport.  There is an extensive amount of fog out there this morning, so please be very careful driving around. 

Today will be just like yesterday, compliments of high pressure.  Yes, you can expect another day of cloud-free conditions and fairly mild temperatures as the mercury reaches well into the 70s away from Long Island Sound. 

THE COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND…

With Matthew staying well to our south, our weekend isn’t looking too shabby for us here in Southern New England.  A cold front will pass through Connecticut tomorrow, bringing a partly to mostly cloudy sky and the chance for scattered showers.  It’ll be a fairly mild day with highs near 70 degrees.  The front will move off to the east of New England Saturday night and high pressure will then build in from the west.  While early Sunday morning could feature some scattered showers, it will turn out to be a mostly sunny, breezy and cool day with highs in the mid to upper 60s.  The mercury will dip into the upper 30s and 40s Sunday night.  Monday, Columbus Day, will be a crisp autumn day with plenty of sunshine and highs 60-65.

NEXT WEEK…

It looks like the dry weather will carry over into Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Mornings will be cool or chilly, followed by mild afternoons.

Unfortunately, there is very little rain in the 7 day forecast.  We were hoping to get a good soaking from Matthew Saturday night and Sunday with the damaging winds remaining offshore.  That will not happen.  Therefore, the severe drought will continue for most of the state.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon with Scot Haney

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