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A comfortable day, sun & clouds...

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

AFTERNOON UPDATE...

A nice afternoon is underway across CT, we'll see a mix of sun and clouds with just the slightest chance for an isolated shower.  After starting the day in the 40s and lower 50s, temperatures will top out in the upper 60s and lower 70s... right on track for the 7th day of May.

The week appears to feature comfortable weather, low humidity and temperatures at or above average.   Our next chance for rain comes late Thursday, then over the 2nd half of the weekend (not ideal for Mom, there is time as we're 6 days out and a lot can change - stay with us for the latest!).

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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GETTING BRIGHTER TODAY

Good morning everyone!  While we're waking up to cloud coverage this morning, it's going to turn out to be a nice day of weather.  Yes, by this afternoon, the disturbance that created the wet weather yesterday will be long gone and high pressure will start the long journey toward improving our weather.  

It’ll be a mild day with highs in the 60s to near 70 degrees.  A northwesterly breeze will push off any sea breeze, so the mild air will make its way all the way to the shore.  By tonight, the sky will turn clear and the air will become quite chilly.  Temperatures will dip to 39-47 before dawn.

PLEASANT TUESDAY - THURSDAY

Tomorrow and Wednesday will likely bring gorgeous weather.  Tuesday will be sunny with highs 70-75.  The mercury will dip into the 40s tomorrow night thanks to clear skies and light winds.  Wednesday will be sunny with highs in the middle to upper 70s.  The humidity will remain comfortably low both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unsettled weather will surround New England on all sides Thursday, but for now we are thinking our weather will stay dry until late Thursday night.  We are forecasting partly sunny skies and highs in the 70s away from the coast.  As the system that will be located to our west makes progress eastward, clouds will start to cover the sky during the afternoon and evening.

SHOWERS FRIDAY MORNING

Friday may start with a few showers.  A cold front will be passing through the region during the early morning.  By afternoon, the front will clear.  The passage of this system will allow partly sunny skies to return.  The afternoon will be breezy and mild with partly sunny skies.  Highs will be in the lower and middle 70s.

Clouds will return Friday night as the same front stops, and then reverses course as a warm front.

UNSETTLED SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Saturday will be unsettled.  The warm front will be slowly passing through the region and, according to the models, will be an “active” warm front with ample “lift” and “buoyancy” to create showers and thunderstorms.  Under the clouds, highs will be in the 60s to near 70 degrees.  The humidity will increase noticeably by late in the day.  Sunday will be unsettled as well with highs in the low 70s.

NO HEAT WAVE LAST WEEK!

The temperature reached a near record 92 degrees in Windsor Locks on Wednesday then a record breaking 94 degrees Thursday.  On Friday, however, highs were limited to the 70s and 80s due to cloud cover most of the day and scattered showers during the morning.  Therefore, we did not yet have the first heat wave of 2018. 

To have an official heat wave in Connecticut, there must be at least three consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher. 

Meteorologist Mike Cameron with Scot Haney