Today, temps will be as warm as yesterday, if not a couple degrees warmer (especially inland, near 80 or above) with comfortably humidity. Tomorrow will be another nice day, with a chance for a late day shower as a cold front approaches from the west. Friday, behind the front, will a bit cooler (but still above average)… breezy and dry. The weekend looks fairly unsettled: some rain Saturday morning, then a lull before more rain late Saturday into early Sunday.
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
TODAY & TOMORROW…
Thanks to high pressure, we can look forward to very pleasant midweek weather. Any fog will quickly burn off this morning and most of the day will be partly to mostly sunny. Temperatures will rise a little higher than they did yesterday, reaching the mid to upper 70s over interior portions of the state. A developing sea breeze will keep shoreline highs in the 60s.
A coastal storm could brush Cape Cod and the Islands with some light rain tonight, but our weather in Connecticut will remain dry. Once again, areas of fog may form. Overnight lows will be in the 40s and lower 50s.
A cold front will approach New England from the west tomorrow, but showers will hold off until the late afternoon or evening. That means most of the day will be nice with a mix of clouds and sunshine and highs in the 70s. With enough sunshine, temperatures could reach the upper 70s away from the coast.
The cold front will pass through the state tomorrow night as temperatures drop into the 40s and 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 at the coast thanks to a land breeze!
THE MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND…
The weekend forecast continues to be a challenge. At this point, it looks like a warm front will spread showers into Connecticut by Saturday morning. The front could be the focus for more showers and perhaps even a few thunderstorms in the afternoon, especially if it stalls in or near Connecticut. If the front moves off to the north, we could dry out Saturday afternoon. For now, we are forecasting highs 70-75.
A wave of low pressure should drag a cold front across Connecticut Saturday night and Sunday morning. If that happens, we’ll have showers during that time frame. There are some indications the front will move off to the south of New England Sunday afternoon. If that happens, showers will end and the sky will begin to clear. While our confidence in the forecast is low, it could turn out to be a decent Mother’s Day afternoon with highs in the low to mid 70s. Fingers crossed!
EARLY NEXT WEEK…
Monday should be a nice day with high pressure in control. We are forecasting partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 70s. Tuesday may be very nice as well with partly sunny skies and highs near 80 degrees!
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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