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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

AFTERNOON UPDATE...

Our going forecast is on track!

Today will be warmer/hotter than yesterday, with just the slightest chance for an isolated shower/storm this afternoon (if one were to pop, would likely happen in NW CT). 

Wed/Thu still look to be near 90 and a bit muggier.  If we are able to string 3 consecutive days together, we will have our 4th heat wave of year… it may be close (not a definitive period like the last time when we went well into the 90s).  Also, tomorrow through the end of the week, we’ll see better chances for afternoon and early evening isolated to scattered areas of heavy rain/thunderstorms. 

A front moves through Saturday, dropping the humidity over the second half of the weekend…..

Mark

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TODAY AND THE REST OF THE WEEK…

The month of August will start out with even warmer weather.  Today, temperatures will flirt with the 90 degree mark, away from Long Island Sound.  As an area of high pressure begins moving offshore, our humidity will start to also creep up, a trend that will continue through the end of the week.  There will be a slight chance for an isolated shower/storm to develop with the daytime heating this afternoon, but most of the state will remain dry. 

Wednesday and Thursday will be just as hot, near 90 each afternoon (inland). If we are able to hit 90 for 3 consecutive days, then we will have our 4th heat wave of 2017 --- it will be close, coming down to a degree or two!  Coastal communities will see highs in the lower to mid-80s with an onshore slow.  The humidity will become more noticeable as dew point values rise into the upper 60s.  With the instability from the heat and high humidity, each day will feature a chance for an afternoon isolated/pop-up storm. 

Friday will not be quite as hot with highs in the mid to upper 80s, compliments of more cloud coverage.  We’ll also run the risk for more isolated showers/storms. 

THE WEEKEND…

A slow moving cold front will be on the approach and then move through the region over the first half of the weekend.  This means Saturday could be rather unsettled (at least as of now), not a washout, but we’ll likely have to deal with some rain and thunderstorms.  In the wake of the cold front, the humidity drops Sunday and we’ll get to enjoy dry weather with a partly to mostly sunny sky as high pressure builds into Connecticut.  Cooler air will lag behind the front, though, and thus we are still expecting highs in the middle 80s.  It will not be much cooler along the shoreline, as the wind direction will be offshore.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon with Scot Haney

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