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Trending Brighter and Drier! A Coastal Storm and a Heat Wave!

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AFTERNOON UPDATE...

Overall – our forecast is on track!

Clearing will continue to take place today and with increasing sunshine temperatures should reach 70, or exceed it in some spots.

Tomorrow will be a dry and comfortable day with highs in the 70s.  Clouds will be on the increase through the afternoon… this is due to a coastal storm that, for the most part, will stay offshore – but could brush us with some rain on Friday morning.  Additionally, a weak disturbance from the west could also enhance the chance for rain or a storm that afternoon.

For the weekend, the warning trend begins.  Saturday, while there could be an isolated late day storm, temperatures reach the 80s under sun and clouds.  Sunday, we should hit 90 inland and kick-off what should be our 2nd heat wave of the year.  90 degree heat will likely be achieved Mon, Tue and perhaps into Wednesday.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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TODAY…

The showers are gone and the clearing has begun!  The breaks of sun will allow for highs to reach the lower 70s in most of the state. While these temperatures are significantly warmer than those seen yesterday, they are still below normal as the average high for June 7th at Bradley Airport is 77 degrees.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY…

The late-week forecast still contains some uncertainty. A new coastal low will develop off of the coast of North Carolina and track to the northeast. Some computer models keep the storm far enough to the south and east of us so we would not feel its effects. However, other models bring it close enough to bring us another round of rain with northeasterly winds!

Either way, we expect the daytime on Thursday to be dry with increasing clouds. Highs will reach the middle 70s inland and lower 70s along the shoreline. If the storm takes a track close enough to Connecticut, rain would develop late Thursday night and continue into Friday. Low temperatures Thursday night will be in the middle 50s.

Right now, for Friday, we are forecasting highs in the lower 70s. If the rainy scenario plays out, temperatures will not get out of the 60s. But if the rain stays away and the sun comes out, highs could be in the 75-80 degree range away from the water. Stay tuned to WFSB Early Warning Weather for updates as the late-week picture becomes clearer!

NEXT WEEKEND AND BEYOND…

Regardless of what happens with Friday’s storm, a pattern change will occur over the Eastern United States beginning this weekend. A large “Bermuda High” will build northward and strengthen, bringing a warm southwesterly flow into Connecticut. This will finally bring summer-like weather into the state and even the potential for some 90 degree readings early next week.

For Saturday, a frontal boundary may trigger an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon, but we think most of the day will be dry. Temperatures will reach the middle 80s inland and the upper 70s at the beaches.

Sunday through Tuesday will feature mostly sunny skies along with hot temperatures. We are currently forecasting highs in the lower to middle 90s away from the water each day. If this pans out, we will have our second heat wave of the year at Bradley Airport – the first one occurred May 17-19th. Temperatures will be somewhat cooler near the coast, with middle to upper 80s each day.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon & Scot Haney

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