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A stretch of pleasant weather!

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Our stretch of nice weather continues, our forecast is on track!

  • Today and tomorrow:  mostly sunny with temperatures running above average
  • Next chance for rain:  late Thursday with a cold front
  • Friday:  cooler (relatively speaking, but seasonable) and dry to end the week
  • The weekend:  there is still some uncertainty as to the timing of rain/thunder chances and how warm/muggy it could get

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 



With seven days of May in the rear view mirror, so far it has been a very warm, dry month.  The average temperature through yesterday at Bradley International Airport is 67.4 degrees, which is 11.4 degrees warmer than normal!  We’ve had some cool days this month, but they were more than offset by the hot ones.  It was last week when we had a near record high of 92 degrees on Wednesday and a record high of 94 degrees on Thursday.  In parts of the state, this month has been very dry.  At Bradley International, only 0.13” of rain has been measured to date and that all came Sunday.  The deficit for the month is 0.73”.


Thanks to high pressure, we can look forward to a pleasant spring day.  The sky will be partly to mostly sunny and a light onshore breeze will develop.  Therefore, highs will range from the 60s along the Southeast Coast to the middle 70s over interior portions of the state.  The humidity will remain low.  A few showers will likely pop up to the north and west of Connecticut, in portions of Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts.

Tonight will be partly cloudy to clear with lows in the 40s to near 50 degrees.


A weak coastal storm will pass to the east of Cape Cod during this time period.  It could brush the Cape with a few showers, but it will have no impact on our weather here in Connecticut.  Meanwhile, a cold front will approach New England from the west on Thursday and this system is expected to bring a few showers to the state in the late afternoon or evening.

Like today, tomorrow will be a nice day with partly to mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures.  Highs will be in the upper 70s away from the coast.  A few showers may pop up to the north and west of Connecticut.  Most of Thursday will be dry and warm with partly sunny skies and highs 75-80.  As mentioned above, there will be a shower risk later in the day.

The cold front will pass through the state Thursday night and temperatures are expected to drop into the lower 50s by dawn Friday.


A northwest breeze will usher in drier, somewhat cooler air on Friday.  We are forecasting a mostly sunny day with highs ranging from the 60s in the Litchfield Hills to 70-75 across much of the state, even the coast!


This is a very difficult forecast to say the least!  Everything depends on the position of a frontal boundary that will stretch from west to east across New England.  For now, we think Saturday will be partly sunny and warm with highs in the 70s.   Sunday could be hot and humid with highs near 90.  That’s if Connecticut is in the warm air sector on the southern side of the front.  However, if the front slides to the south of Connecticut, Mother’s Day will be cloudy and cooler with a good chance for showers.  For now, we are forecasting a mostly cloudy day with a shower and thunderstorm threat, and highs in the upper 70s.  Stay tuned, this forecast is highly subject to change!


Monday may be unsettled with mostly cloudy skies, afternoon showers, and highs in the upper 70s.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney


April 2018 goes down in the record books as a cool and wet month for the Hartford Area.  The average temperature for the 30-day period is 44.0° …this is 5.5° below average and falls into 6th place for coolest Aprils since records have been kept.  On the precipitation front, 5.55” fell (rain, and includes any frozen precip’s liquid equivalent), that means the month ends with a 1.82” surplus.  With regard specifically to snow, 7.6” was measured… that’s a 6.2” surplus.

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