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Drier days ahead with some big temperature swings!

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AFTERNOON UPDATE...

The rest of today will be sunny and warm… very summer-like [again] with highs ~15 degrees above average, but at least the humidity is on the decrease as drier air works into the state on a northwesterly wind.  As of the noon hour, many towns had reached the mid-70s on the way to 80, or perhaps even higher in a few spots!

After today, highs will go back into the 60s through the end of the week.  During this timeframe, the only chance for rain comes tomorrow evening/night.

The weekend will feature warmer weather with highs back well into the 70s.  Both days now appear dry with a system now arriving Monday of next week.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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THE REMNANTS OF NATE…

It certainly felt like the tropics yesterday with the mild southerly wind and very high humidity.  Temperatures were held to the 70s due to clouds and rain, but dew point temperatures were in the lower 70s, which is considered oppressive humidity.  Winds gusted to between 30 and 40 mph in parts of the state.  A tree fell on a home in Gales Ferry and more the 4,100 Eversource customers were without power at one point.  Although we did have some heavy downpours in parts of the state, there were no problems with flooding.  Rainfall totals were not very impressive, generally less than an inch.

WARM, BUT DRIER TUESDAY…

Now that the remnants of Nate are gone, today will feature partly to mostly sunny skies.  A northwesterly breeze will usher in drier air and dew point temperatures will drop into the 50s.  However, it is going to be unseasonably warm with temperatures topping 80 degrees in many parts of the state.  Even the shoreline will be warm thanks to the land breeze.  The record high for October 10th for the Greater Hartford Area is 89 degrees, set in 1949.  That record is safe.  However, the record high for Bridgeport is 85 degrees, set in 2011.  We are forecasting a high of 83 degrees for “The Park City”, so it will be a close call.

COOLER WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, AND FRIDAY…

Temperatures will be closer to normal tomorrow as a northeasterly flow develops around high pressure that will drift by to our north across Northern New England.  Highs will be in the 60s to near 70 degrees.  A weak disturbance will approach the region from the west and that means clouds will overspread the state and we’ll have a rising chance for showers or a period of rain during the late afternoon and evening.  The wet weather will end Wednesday night and temperatures will drop into the 40s to near 50 degrees.

High pressure will be the dominant weather feature in New England Thursday and Friday and that means we’ll enjoy some very nice weather and it will feel more like October again.  Thursday will be partly to mostly sunny as temperatures will likely peak in the 60s.  Thursday night will be the coolest night of the week with the mercury dipping into the upper 30s and 40s under a clear to partly cloudy sky.  Friday will start out chilly, but temperatures are expected to reach 65-70 during the afternoon under a mostly sunny sky.

A WEEKEND WARM-UP…

Saturday morning will be nice and cool with temperatures in the range of 45-55.  The sky should be mainly clear.  This is great news for those attending the Eversource Hartford Marathon/Half Marathon.  Temperatures will reach the upper 60s by noon and they’ll top out in the middle 70s Saturday afternoon under a partly to mostly sunny sky.

A strong southwesterly breeze will develop Saturday night and especially on Sunday as a storm system races by to the north of Connecticut.  Sunday morning will be unseasonably mild with temperatures in the 50s to near 60 degrees.  Sunday afternoon will be breezy and unseasonably warm with highs near 80 degrees away from the coast.  A cold front could stir up scattered showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening.

EARLY NEXT WEEK…

Cooler air will move into the state on the heels of the cold front.  Temperatures should stay in the 60s for highs on Monday.  The cold front may stall just to the south of Connecticut and therefore clearing may be delayed.  Plus, rain could brush coastal regions of Southern New England, including Connecticut.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney

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