The steadier/heavier rain from this morning has exited, leaving many communities with between a quarter to half inch of rain. Through the rest of today, expect damp, dreary weather. Temperatures will be fairly steady in the lower to mid-50s, but with an easterly breeze it will feel a tad chiller. Also, you'll want to keep the rain gear around as drizzle and showers will be possible through the evening hours.
The weekend will feature drier and milder weather as a storm system passes to our south. Temperatures will be back into the 60s for highs, right near what is considered 'normal' for the latter half of April.
With regard to next week... after some rain over the Tuesday to Wednesday time frame, summer-like warmth will make headlines with temperatures eventually back to 80 or higher by Thursday and Friday!
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
Your Friday morning commute is wet. We've got numerous showers out there, some of which will be heavy. A thunderstorm is possible as well since there will be some elevated instability. Rain will taper off to scattered showers and drizzle this afternoon and we should be in pretty good shape for the evening commute. However, the sky will remain overcast. Plus, Connecticut will be stuck in a cool maritime flow. That means temperatures will stay in the 50s. In some towns, the temperature could approach 60 degrees.
The center of weak low pressure will pass near or just to the south of Connecticut this evening. It will then move out to sea to the east of New England by late tonight and a light northwesterly flow of drier air will develop. The sky will clear and temperatures will dip into the 40s before dawn.
Overall, it's going to be a pretty nice spring weekend! In fact, we removed rain from Sunday’s forecast! It now looks like a coastal storm will stay far enough to the South of New England to keep rain from reaching our state.
Tomorrow should be partly sunny and seasonably mild with highs in the 60s. A light northwesterly breeze is expected. The mercury will dip into the 40s tomorrow night under partly cloudy skies. Sunday should be a lot like tomorrow, partly sunny with seasonable temperatures. Highs will be in the 60s away from the coast and winds will be fairly light.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…
This weekend’s dry weather will carry over into early next week. Monday will be nice with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the 60s once again.
A coastal storm could bring rain to Connecticut late Tuesday, Tuesday night, and Wednesday morning. At this point, we are not sure if it will light or heavy. The GFS model is forecasting light rain, but the European Model is forecasting heavier rain, at least for portions of Southern New England. Weather conditions should improve Wednesday afternoon and Thursday is looking good.
As far as temperatures go, highs in the low and middle 60s are expected Tuesday. If the sun breaks through the clouds Wednesday afternoon, we may have a shot at 70 degrees. The end of the week will be warm with highs around 80 degrees on Thursday!
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney
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