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Warmer & A Bit Muggier Today

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NOON UPDATE: 

We're on our way!  The temperature at Bradley International at noon was 84 degrees and we've still got a lot of sunshine to get through today.  That means those temps will continue to rise to our expected high of 90 degrees.  While the dew points are a bit higher than yesterday, it's still not to bad out there, so get out and about if you can and enjoy the day!

THIS WEEK

Near 90° Today

Get ready for a hot day today.  This afternoon, temperatures will again reach the 90-degree mark inland and into the mid and upper 80s along the coastline.  Slowly, humidity levels will increase through the middle of the week as high pressure slowly shifts east and a southwesterly flow develops. 

T’storms possible Tuesday

Tuesday will bring about a mix of sun and clouds with the chance for a shower or storm.  A cold front will be responsible for these storms.  Despite its passage through the state, there will be enough hazy sunshine in between to bring temperatures into the 80s, if not close to 90 or 91 degrees.

Quiet Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Partly sunny, pleasant weather is likely during the middle and end of the week.  High pressure will nose into the region, offering partly sunny skies, reasonable humidity, and seasonably warm temperatures.  There may be a few showers Wednesday morning, but the weather will otherwise be very good by summer standards.

By this point, Tropical Storm Chris may be off the coast of New England.  It will be something to watch.  As it stands now, the storm should remain far enough off the coast of New England to eliminate the threat for rain, wind, and clouds; however, high surf, rip current, and beach erosion may plague the coastal regions.

Showers possible Friday and Saturday

There may be a bit of unsettled weather next weekend as more humid, unstable air moves over southern New England.  Partly sunny, hazy, and humid conditions will occasionally be interrupted by scattered thunderstorms.

THE TROPICS

There two tropical systems developing in the Atlantic.

Beryl is now moving close to the Lesser Antilles and is expected to continue an almost due west track into the Caribbean.  It has weakened to just remnants now, and will continue to be just a shadow of its former self.

Tropical Storm Chris is off the coast of North Carolina.  This storm is forecast to strengthen as it meanders off the coast of the Carolinas over the next day or so.  The National Hurricane Center is forecasting it to strengthen to a Category 1 Hurricane over the next day.  As discussed, computer model guidance takes this storm offshore of New England by the middle of next week, so we'll keep you updated on its progress.

Meteorologist Mike Cameron with Scot Haney

JUNE-JULY 2018 HEAT WAVE RECAP

The heatwave finally broke Friday, July 6.  Just prior, we endured what became a 7 day stretch of 90+ degree heat:

Friday June 29, 90°; Saturday June 30, 93°; Sunday July 1, 98°; Monday July 2, 95°; Tuesday July 3, 95°; Wednesday July 4, 94°; Thursday July 5, 92°.

Regarding 90° days generally for this year, the official count is 13 days at Windsor Locks.

NOTABLE HEAT WAVES

The longest heat waves on record in Connecticut lasted a total of 10 days.  There was a 10-day heat wave in the summer of 1995 from July 24th through August 2nd.  There was another 10-day heat wave in the summer of 2016 that lasted from July 21st through July 30th.

The most intense heat wave was in July of 1991 when we had 3 consecutive days of 100-degree heat!  It was 100 on the 19th, 100 on the 20th, and 101 on the 21st!

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