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A cold front brings a cooler, less humid air mass!

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NOON:

What a difference a day makes! While we're still enjoying the bright golden sunshine, the temps are down considerably from yesterday! At 11am yesterday the temperature at Bradley was 90 degrees. Today it's a very comfortable 77 degrees. But what's more important are those dew point temperatures.  Yesterday at 11am the dew point reading was 66 degrees. Today it's a very comfortable 48 degrees! How awesome is that? And tomorrow is going to be equally as nice, only temps are going to be a few degrees cooler. Read on for more about the forecast!

YESTERDAY:

We officially reached “heat wave” status– three straight days of high temperatures of 90 degrees or higher -- status at both Windsor Locks and Bridgeport! The high temperature at Bradley Airport was 95 degrees, one degree shy of the record high set back in 1984. The heat was record tying at Sikorsky Airport, as the high of 93 degrees matched the record set in 1961!

PLEASANT TODAY & TOMORROW

The passage of a cold front this morning brought cooler and drier weather to Connecticut along with a northwesterly breeze.  Sunny skies will prevail for the rest of the day as highs reach into the lower 80s in the valley locations and at the Shoreline.  You can expect temps to remain in the upper 70s at higher elevations.  Dew points have dropped into the upper 40s and lower 50s, making it feel very pleasant outside.  Though today’s highs will be much cooler than yesterday's, they will still be above normal for mid-June.  The normal high at Bradley Airport for June 14th is 79 degrees.

Tomorrow will be another comfortable, dry day thanks to high pressure. Temperatures will be a few degrees cooler than today thanks to an east/northeast wind blowing from the still chilly Atlantic Ocean. Highs will be in the middle to upper-70s across most of the state during the afternoon. Lows tomorrow morning will be in the very refreshing lower 50s.

SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER FRIDAY & THE WEEKEND.

Chances for unsettled weather will return starting Friday.  A storm system over the Great Lakes will be nudging closer and will send a warm front towards us.  Although most of Friday will be rain-free, the moisture field will expand during the course of the day and a few spotty showers may develop, especially across western parts of the state.  The clouds and onshore flow ahead of the front will hold afternoon highs down, in the low and mid-70s.

Earlier computer models were showing a soaking rain for much of Saturday, but more recent runs are suggesting that the day will not be a washout. It will be mostly cloudy as scattered showers move through the state, but we are not expecting an all-day rain event and there may even be a break of sun. Easterly to southeasterly winds will keep high temperatures in check, with upper 70s inland and lower to middle 70s at the coast.

The warm front will have cleared Connecticut by Sunday, allowing for warmer and more humid conditions. Right now, we are forecasting a partly to mostly cloudy day, with temperatures reaching well into the 80s away from Long Island Sound.  Depending on exactly how much sun we get, temperatures inland may rise even higher, possibly even to 90 degrees! A southerly flow will keep shore locations cooler, with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. The unstable atmosphere will make showers possible during the afternoon and evening.

THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE MONDAY

Monday will be another warm and humid day, but a cold front will be approaching the state. This will allow for thunderstorms to develop when the front approaches Connecticut during the afternoon.

Much like Sunday, the high temperatures on Monday will depend on how much sun we get. We currently think Monday will be mostly cloudy with the mercury rising from morning lows in the upper 60s to highs in the middle 80s. If we get more sun than we are expecting, temperatures inland could reach or exceed 90 degrees!

DRIER TUESDAY

The front will clear Connecticut by Monday night, allowing for more comfortable conditions for Tuesday. Highs will generally be near 80 degrees, with dew point temperatures dropping into the 50s.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon and Scot Haney

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