We’re ending the week on a very pleasant note… ample sunshine, highs between 65 and 70. Drier air continues filtering into the state on a northwesterly breeze, so dew point values will go from the 30s into the 20s! The one hiccup is that with the very dry air and the breeze - given the month has been quite dry (even despite a little rain last night), there is the threat that if a brush fire were to start, it could rapidly spread.
For the weekend:
Meteorologist Mark Dixon
Today is going to be a very pleasant day with a dry northwesterly breeze and partly to mostly sunny skies! Dew point temperatures will drop into the 30s, perhaps even the 20s in some parts of the state! Afternoon highs will range from the 60s in the Litchfield Hills to around or just over 70 degrees near the I-95 corridor. Highs will be close to 70 degrees in the Greater Hartford Area. The northwest breeze will probably gust to over 20 mph early this afternoon, then it will subside later in the day as high pressure approaches New England from the west.
This evening will be clear and comfortable with temperatures falling back through the 60s, then we can expect increasing cloudiness after midnight. Overnight lows will range from 45-55 across the state.
THE MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND…
All signs are pointing toward a very wet start to the weekend. A front will stall just to the south of Connecticut and a weak wave of low pressure will develop on the front. Therefore, we can expect periods of rain with a few embedded heavy showers. Plus, it will be a very cool day with highs only in the 50s! Our lawns and gardens will greatly benefit from the rain since May has been dry, but it will not be a good day for outdoor activities. The rain will taper off and end tomorrow night as temperatures dip into the 40s. Between tomorrow and tomorrow night, we could receive 0.50” to 1.50” of rain!
Sunday looks much better, although not great. The wave of low pressure will slip out to sea and the front will settle to the south into the Mid-Atlantic Region. A weak area of high pressure will build into New England with drier air. However, the front won’t be too far away and therefore a shower can’t be ruled out especially in the afternoon or evening. On a positive note, the weather will be dry for most of Mother’s Day! We can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and afternoon highs in the middle to perhaps upper 60s.
Monday may start out cloudy, but the sky will become partly sunny. Temperatures will likely reach 70 degrees, perhaps into the 70s before the day is over. The upward temperature trend will continue Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to a southwesterly flow of much warmer air. We are forecasting highs in the 80s both days away from the coast. Tuesday should be dry, but showers and thunderstorms are possible by midweek as a front stretches from west to east across New England. Showers and storms are also possible on Thursday. The air may start to turn a little cooler by then depending on the progress of the front.
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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