The rain is over and through the rest of today we'll see intervals of sunshine. It will also still be rather mild with temperatures in the 55-60 degree range. However, it will be breezy as a west-northwesterly wind could gust to around 30 mph - that wind direction will eventually filter chillier air (relatively speaking) into the region. So for tomorrow, as we close out the week, highs will be near 50 (still about 5 degrees above average); it will also still be breezy.
For the weekend, our forecast is on track: dry and breezy with highs more in line with early December (in the 40s).
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
It's official, 2016 will NOT be the driest on record, thanks to the recent rainfall we've received. The first round of rain drenched Connecticut with 0.75” to 2.5” of much needed rainfall Tuesday! We received reports of 2.26” in Waterford and 2.46” in Uncasville. Bradley International Airport received 1.11” of rain, which brought the yearly total up to 29.42”. Yesterday we had another .57 inches of rain at Bradley, bringing our yearly total to 29.99". That means that the record set back in 1965, when we received 29.45" will stand. Still, we need plenty more rain to make up for this year’s big deficit, which is just under 13”. During a normal or average year, we get nearly 46” of precipitation.
THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER…
Today is December 1st and we are looking good! The rain will end this morning as the coastal storm responsible for our latest round of rainfall lifts away to the east of Connecticut. The sky will become partly sunny and temperatures will rise through the 50s to near 60 degrees. That is quite pleasant when you consider the normal high for December 1st is 45 degrees! However, there will be a fairly strong west-northwesterly wind that could gust to 30 mph or higher.
Tomorrow will be a pretty nice day, although it will be a bit cooler. We can expect partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Once again there will be a brisk west-northwesterly wind that could gust to 30+ mph.
THE FIRST WEEKEND OF DECEMBER…
The weekend will be storm free! This is great news if you have plans to put up outdoor holiday decorations. You might even have plans to visit your local Christmas tree farm. Saturday will be partly sunny and quite breezy. Highs will be in the mid to perhaps upper 40s. A northwesterly breeze could gust to 30 mph or higher. That will certainly add a chill to the air.
Sunday will be partly sunny and seasonably chilly with highs in the low to middle 40s. We’ll still have to deal with a brisk northwesterly wind, but it probably won’t be quite as strong as Saturday’s winds.
NEXT WEEK, THROUGH MIDWEEK…
This should be a relatively quiet period. A weak disturbance in the upper wind flow could have just enough energy to produce flurries and snow showers late Sunday night and Monday morning. However, this system will be moisture starved. High pressure will regain control Monday afternoon and the sky should become partly to mostly sunny. High temperatures will be in the 40s.
High pressure will probably keep us dry and chilly on Tuesday. For now, we expect partly to mostly sunny skies and light winds. Morning lows will be in the upper teens and 20s. Daytime highs will range from 37-44 degrees.
We think the dry weather will last through Wednesday, although there may be an increase in cloud cover. Highs will be in the 40s.
A significant rainstorm could be heading our way by either Thursday or Friday!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney
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