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Weekend begins with first official heatwave of 2017

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

It's official.

Friday marked the third consecutive day of 90-degree temperatures, according to Channel 3 meteorologists.

The Friday afternoon high was 92 degrees at Bradley International Airport. Friday made it three consecutive days of 90 in the state, which was the first official heat wave of 2017. 

On Wednesday, we saw a temperature of 94 degrees at Bradley.

On Thursday, we saw a high of 96 degrees in Windsor Locks, which beat an 81-year-old record by 6 degrees.

"For the greater Hartford area, 96 degrees is the third hottest temperature measured in the month of May," Scot Haney said.

Friday was not supposed to be as hot as the previous two days as a cold front is approaching.

"The humidity will drop off during the afternoon as a northwesterly flow of drier air develops behind the front," Haney said. "Showers and thunderstorms could pop up, but they will be few and far between."

Bridgeport reached a record high of 89 degrees on Friday. The previous high was 86 degrees in 1998. 

The earliest heat wave on record for the Greater Hartford Area was April 16th-18th in 2002.

"There was another April heat wave in 1976 from the 17th through the 19th.  That April, Easter Sunday fell on the 18th and it was an incredibly hot 95 degrees," Channel 3 Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said. 

Rain was possible on Friday night. 

"There is a slight chance for a shower in Coastal Connecticut, but most of the state will enjoy a nice Friday evening," DePrest said. 

Temperatures will drop back through the 80s then into the 70s on Friday night. 

The weekend promises to be cooler.

"High pressure will be the dominant weather feature throughout the weekend and that is good news for us!  We may get brushed with a veil of high clouds tomorrow, but there will be a decent amount of sunshine," DePrest said. 

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